Support for Microsoft's "End of Life" Products

Ruggiero AV Services Support for Microsoft End Of Life Products

updated on July 26, 2015

WINDOWS SERVER 2003 HAS REACHED END OF LIFE AS OF JULY 14, 2015.  MICROSOFT SUGGESTS MIGRATION TO SERVER 2012.

As of July 1st, Ruggiero AV Services has migrated all of our Windows hosting and VPS instances to Server 2012 R2.  We still also maintain one "legacy" server running Server 2008 R2, which is in an extended support phase, according to Microsoft. Any customer ordering a new Virtual Desktop or Server from us will be given the option of Server 2008 R2, or 2012 R2, with preference on the latter. Windows Server 2012 R2 will be mainstream-supported until January 2018, and remain in extended support until January 2023.

As we realize that there are customers with capable systems still running Windows XP as well as servers running Server 2003 R2, Ruggiero AV Services wanted to clarify some points regarding the end of life (EOL) support for Windows XP as well as earlier versions of Office.

  • Although there are no planned future updates for these products, current updates will be archived and will remain available as self-help options for existing installations of EOL products.
     
  • If Windows XP and Server 2003 R2 - as well as Office 2003 - need to activate with Microsoft past the EOL cutoff, they will be able to do so ONLINE ONLY, using the mechanisms built into the products.  Phone activation will no longer be available.  
     
  • We will maintain our own up-to-date installations of Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, as well as XP with Service Pack 3, and Office 2003 with latest service pack 3, for re-installation on customers' existing systems if required. We no longer offer production systems or servers with these products.
     
  • We will encourage and assist users of capable systems to upgrade to the latest generation operating system.  For home users, we can still obtain Windows 7 if customers are not ready for Windows 8. Users can check if their current XP system can run Windows 7 by using Microsoft's Upgrade Advisor here:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/winows/downloads/upgrade-advisor
    Moreover, Windows 7 and 8 systems, if obtained between July 29, 2015, and July 28, 2016, are eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade

     
  • We will continue to support remote sessions on Windows XP and Server 2003 as long as the operating system is capable of supporting the tools we utilize, such as Teamviewer.
     
  • In light of newer vulnerabilities continually found in Internet Explorer 8, we recommend users still using Windows XP or Server 2003 to switch to an alternate browser such as MOZILLA FIREFOX or GOOGLE CHROME.   What's more a browser like Google Chrome will allow you to possibly migrate to a "cloud" infrastructure, using Linux or other alternate operating system.  In reality however, you should not be web surfing on a server system, in our opinion.
     
  • As Microsoft Security Essentials may stop working on Windows XP, we also recommend users change their anti-virus to another free variant, such as COMODO'S FREE ANTIVIRUS or AVAST! FREE ANTIVIRUS

 

Will Microsoft Stop "Authenticating" Windows XP? (Courtesy of TWIT.TV/The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte)