Successfully Transitioning Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 [End of Life]

A recent survey found that some organisations have up to 50% of their assets on tech that is soon to be end-of-life’d including: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Successfully migrating from these systems, can involve the assessment of hardware, testing the readiness of existing software, co-ordination of staff and users and management of the upgrade path.

Windows 7 End of Life is planned to commence on January 14, 2020. In the current state, and until that date, Windows 7 is in what is called an ‘extended support’ phase.

Windows Server 2008 Similarly, is currently in an ‘extended support’ phase. End of Life is also planned to commence on January 14, 2020.

Upgrading from both these systems presents different challenges. With Windows 7, the task of working with users and “their machines” can not be underestimated. Often staff, have installed software, and have data that is not saved on a network or cloud storage. Mitigating the risk of loss of data, is key here.

With Windows Server 2008, the challenges start with working out which upgrade path to take, whether to move to Azure. Or whether to do a 2-stage move first to Windows Server 2012 R2 and then Windows Server 2016.

Luke Hodge Director at b2b talks over through the issues in migrating from software that is scheduled for End of Life:

Most traditional software products, including operating systems, have an End Of Life. With the run up to this phase there comes a financial tipping point where pushing updates, monitoring the security and patch fixing doesn’t make economic sense, and moving to the new version of the software makes a lot more sense. Often there are additional benefits that come with new software versions, and helping your team use these effectively can lead to increased efficiencies and lower ongoing costs.

If you’d like further help de-mystifying Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 End of Life - Why not book a call back today, with a senior support engineer from our team?