Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2003 will be entering End of Life in July 2015. This means that after July this year, Microsoft will stop providing support to Windows Server 2003; no more updates, patches, troubleshooting assistance or security fixes. This change is worldwide.
What’s the big deal?
It’s the lack of security fixes that is of biggest concern. Microsoft would intermittently release security fixes as it became aware of various vulnerabilities in the software. As Server 2003 enters End of Life, this will leave the software (and those still using it) extremely susceptible to hack attempts. Even though the software has been around for some time, there will still be security vulnerabilities that Microsoft are not aware of. There will be hackers out there, sitting on these vulnerabilities in the software just waiting for July to roll round.
We believe this is an unacceptable risk and this is why StudioCoast have decided that it will no longer run Windows Server 2003 after July and will be migrating to a newer software.
What does it mean for me?
For some customers with simple websites (just basic HTML) there will be no difference at all. More complex websites designed to run solely on IIS6 (Internet Information Services) could have some content that will not work after the migration. If you’re using Windows Server 2008 (IIS7) or Windows Server 2012 (IIS8) and above you will not be impacted. If you are unsure of what version of Windows your website runs on please contact us.
Rather than it just being a big surprise that your website doesn’t work post July, StudioCoast can create a duplicate test website to enable you to check for any problems ahead of time. You can then liaise with your web developer to amend the website to work in the new environment.
Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are definitely some benefits to the change, including: enhanced security, greater stability, increased speed, friendly URLs as well as being able to take advantage of new technology and future-proof your site. Microsoft have some fantastic resources going into greater detail about the whys and wherefores of this change. Check out the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Life website if you’d like to know even more.
So how much is this going to cost?
StudioCoast will not be charging customers for creating a duplicate test website or for migrating to the newer version of Windows Server. Your website developer may charge for any changes that need to be made to your website.
How long do I have?
The process of duplication, testing and editing will obviously take some time. July does seem pretty far away but it will be here before you know it. We will be migrating all current Windows Server 2003 customers in July (even if you haven’t had a chance to test your website); it’s much better to be prepared and have enough time sort out any issues well before this deadline.
What do I do now?
If you’re unsure what the migration will mean for you or if you are wanting to take advantage of the duplicate test website, please raise a support request by logging into your hostControl account or send an email to email@example.com.
StudioCoast prides itself on being on the forefront of Windows shared hosting, so we are proud to announce that Windows 2012 hosting has now gone live. Windows 2012 features IIS8 and ASP.NET 4.5. Along with our SQL 2012 database hosting, StudioCoast is one of the first Window’s hosts in the world offer all the latest Windows hosting platforms on shared hosting.
Windows 2012 hosting is now available on all of our shared hosting plans. If you are an existing customer and would like to be migrated to a Windows 2012 server just send through a support request from hostControl.
The latest version of Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server 2012 has been released and StudioCoast is one of the first providers in Australia to support it!
Customers can now choose from SQL Server 2012, 2008 or 2005 when creating databases from our hostControl control panel.
Take a look at our Web Hosting page to discover the extensive range of features available with each hosting plan.
In addition, ASP.NET 4.5 is almost ready and we will do our best to enable support for it within days of release. (Just after we have completed some testing!)