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Prepare for Microsoft End of Life Products

Jul 1, 2019 12:30:00 PM / by James Keeler

Microsoft will be ending support on January 14, 2020 for:
Windows 7 • Windows 2008 • Windows 2008 R2 • SQL 2008 • Exchange 2010 • Windows Mobile

What does end of support mean for you? End of critical security patches and updates, opening the potential for business interruptions and loss of data. With cyber-attacks becoming more common, running apps on unsupported versions can cause significant compliance and security risks. Likewise, failing to meet software update requirements can even violate regulatory and governance requirements.

Recommended Next Steps:

Unfortunately it’s not a question of if you make the change but when and how to handle it using the most minimally invasive approach.

  • Budget and create a timeline for the software upgrade process – LMT works with each client’s timeline to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible
  • Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10
  • Upgrade your Windows 2008 or 2008 R2 operating system to a later version - We will help you evaluate what version would be best, depending on what unique software programs you use.
  • Upgrade from SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2017
  • Discuss email migration plans
  • Discuss alternative options such as LMT’s SSAE 16 Compliant SOC 2 Type II Private Cloud, LMT’s Hosted Exchange, Office 365, or on-premise infrastructure upgrades.

Unique Migration Challenges to Prepare for:

  • Some industry specific software or legacy software has software dependencies that make upgrading to the latest version of Windows a challenge. Conversations should be had now with LMT to discuss how your tax software, law e-billing software, manufacturing software, etc. will operate in the new server version.
  • From point-of-sale terminals to medical devices, embedded systems running unsupported Windows versions pose unique migration challenges.

Are you ready? We’d love to work with you to help you prepare and make your upgrade to Windows 10 a successful and smooth transition. Call us today at 585-784-7470 or email

Topics: IT, Microsoft End of Life, Windows 7

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