NOTICE: Remember to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 before July

Friday, May 22, 2015

This information was sent to the U-M IT Security Community and Windows Administrators, as well as some ITS staff groups, via email on May 22, 2015.

Hello Windows Administrators and IT Security Community,

This message is to remind you that after July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. See Microsoft: Migration is worth it! for information from Microsoft.

If machines or services you are responsible for still use Windows Server 2003, please upgrade before July. You can order Windows Server products for U-M through the university's Microsoft Campus Agreement. If your server is used to access or maintain U-M sensitive institutional data, be sure to follow the instructions in Windows Server Hardening Guide: Minimum Expectations for a Secure Server at U-M.

Depending on your needs, you might consider using the MiServer virtual server environment managed by ITS instead of running your own Windows Server.

At the U-M Health System (UMHS), Medical School Information Services (MSIS) has created an upgrade plan for the computers it manages/controls and communicated directly with customers. If you need help with a system running Windows Server 2003 that is connected to the UMHS network, please contact the appropriate service desk:

The ITS Information and Infrastructure Assurance team is scanning the U-M Network for devices running Windows Server 2003. Devices running out-of-date, unsupported software should NOT be connected to U-M networks or systems, so please start planning now.

Thank you for your help, 

Donald J. Welch, Ph.D., 
Chief Information Security Officer, 
University of Michigan

For assistance or questions, contact the ITS Service Center.