As we discussed in April, last year Microsoft announced plans to End of Life their Small Business Server (SBS) product.  If you run a Small Business Server 2003 or 2008, this potentially impacts your business with regards to your options when it comes time to upgrade your Server.

At the end of June, Small Business Server will no longer be available via Volume Licensing.  At the end of December 2013, it will no longer be available at all.

Depending on their size and requirements, end of life for Small Business Server means those companies currently running SBS 2003/2008 will in the not too distant future need to do one of the following:

  • Act right now to secure SBS Licensing, so that the Small Business Server platform remains an option for the next 3 – 5 years
  • Move to full versions of Windows Server, Exchange Server & SQL Server
  • Implement a hybrid solution where some of their infrastructure stays on-premise and some moves to the Cloud or consider fully hosted options
  • Remain on existing aging infrastructure and increasingly experience performance and productivity issues, vulnerabilities and potential business continuity issues with hardware out of warranty and software out of support

Another important consideration is the fact that Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in April 2014.  No further security updates, fixes or technical support will be available for XP or Office 2003 after this date.

Even if you are not ready to upgrade now and you don’t see yourself upgrading within the next 6 months, it is important to discuss your upgrade path for both Servers and Desktops and make plans around what your next infrastructure platform will look like right now, while SBS licensing is still an available option.

We can help you find a solution that fits both your budget and your timeframe; give us a call if you’d like to discuss further.