Microsoft will discontinue technical support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. The operating system will no longer receive critical security patches after this date. It has been our policy to end support for a platform that is no longer supported by Microsoft. However, just as we have done with Windows XP, we recognize that a large number of businesses will continue to use Windows Server 2003 in the interim as they complete the process of transitioning to a supported version of Windows Server. To assist our customers during this period, we will continue to support our products on Windows Server 2003.
If you continue to use Windows Server 2003 as a server platform, you should understand the risks, particularly if that system is accessible over the public Internet. Server platforms are typically more critical, and more likely to be exposed to external attacks. If you must continue to use Windows Server 2003, take steps to minimize your exposure and use tools such as the Security Compliance Manager. Microsoft also offers an Assessment and Planning Toolkit to assist with the migration process to a supported version of Windows Server.
You must upgrade to the current version of SocketTools to continue to receive support on Windows Server 2003. To be eligible for technical support, you must also have Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed. The system should all important and critical updates available from Windows Update, up to the end of support on July 14, 2015. This includes both development and deployed servers, as well as virtual machines (VMs) that may be used for testing purposes. If you have any questions or concerns about upgrading your software or future support for Windows Server 2003, please contact us.