Windows 2003 EOL - The new XP

By Brian Wagner
Posted in Infrastructure
On August 21, 2014

Windows XP end-of-life (EOL) was highly publicized. Some companies have been in the clear for awhile, others made a mad dash to the finish, while a few are still struggling ( But, I can say it has been on people's radar for awhile.

Windows 2003 seems to be the sleeper. Windows 2003 will reach EOL in July 2015. Server upgrades are a different type of challenge, as they support applications and services. These are typically of two breeds; vendor and homegrown. But for either to be run on a newer server platform like Windows 2012 R2, a new version is often required, which may also trigger a client application upgrade, data migration, and more.

Fortunately, Gotham has done this before. We have a proven methodology which includes this phased approach:


Our approach allows for multiple swim lanes, and an assembly line structure to bring business owners/units through the multiple phases as depicted below:


A key factor Gotham has discovered during these projects is partnering with the business early and throughout the project. When is comes to the applications, it is the business owners who use them and have business value around them. When we engage with them from the onset of the project, we are able to communicate the process they should expect, and our requirements of them; and build a relationship that will streamline the process through testing and production cut-overs.

Please contact Gotham to discuss how we can accelerate your move off of Windows 2003 and get in front of Microsoft's deadline.

Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner

Brian has over ten years’ experience in the planning, design, and implementation of technology solutions. He supervises technical specialists at projects, and has spoken at many technical seminars. Brian is an application integration specialist with experience configuring over 1,000 applications to work in multi-user environments, and manages Gotham’s thin client and server consolidation practices.