Any Windows 2003 systems or services need to be upgraded by July

On July 14, 2015, Microsoft will end support and no longer provide security updates for the Windows 2003 operating system after that time.

IT Services is migrating all systems and services under our purview currently running Server 2003 onto newer, supported operating systems before July 14. We need your cooperation to migrate MSU systems and services you oversee before July 14 as well.

More recent operating system versions provide ongoing security updates and patches as protection from malware and other vulnerabilities. Additionally, it may be difficult to comply with regulatory requirements if Windows Server 2003 is used.

What do I need to do?

Any MSU faculty, staff, or department running Windows Server 2003 operating system or an older version should upgrade before July 2015.

  1. Windows licenses for departmental use are available under an Enrollment for Education Solution (EES) agreement MSU has with Microsoft. You may also refer faculty and staff to room 120 in the Computer Center for walk-in help installing newer Windows operating systems.
  2. If you would need assistance migrating your self-managed systems to a supported operating system or have any questions concerning the Microsoft end-of-life schedule, please complete the Windows 2003 Remediation Disclosure form.
  3. Inventory and upgrade any other unsupported operating systems under your administration prior to their end of life date.

While all units are responsible for communication and enforcement of this MSU-wide initiative, units shouldn’t wait on Information Security or other entities to make regular plans for phasing out end-of-life systems, software, or applications.

Contact the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 with questions or to receive additional information.