​End of support (EOS) is approaching for Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005.
 
Now is the time to engage customers, begin planning and assessments, and migrate customers to a modern platform. Talk proactively with customers, seize upgrade opportunities, or introduce a hybrid solution.
 
The bottom line is you don’t want to leave your customers hanging. Our goal is to help you move your customers off these products now, and supply you with training and resources to ensure you are ready and resource-wise.
 
What is happening and why you should care
 
EOS for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015—just a few months away. Likewise, SQL Server 2005 EOS is April 12, 2016. Many customers will need to address both products simultaneously, making this the time to do an end-to-end review of a customer’s environment.
 
In its time, Windows Server 2003 was the most widely deployed operating system; there are still millions of instances of Windows Server 2003 running worldwide. EOS means no security updates; it means Windows Server 2003 servers won’t pass a compliance audit; and it means no safe haven—there’s discontinued support for applications, and instances are not protected in the cloud.
 
Your opportunity is to migrate customers to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, or Microsoft Office 365. A migration can help improve security and reliability of customers’ infrastructure. And, migrations can mean revenue for your business—from migration services or managed services.
 
What’s available to help you
 
To help you upgrade customers, you can use these resources:
 
The ModernBiz marketing campaign helps you have more effective business-focused conversations with customers. The campaign includes marketing and sales materials that can help you tap new opportunities with small and midsize business (SMB) customers.
 
In the Windows Server 2003 Modernization campaign, access modular resources to help you migrate legacy systems—including challenges associated with legacy systems, how to assess customers’ environments and develop migration strategies, and available tools. For enterprise customers, use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for scenario-based assessment and planning.
 
The Modernize and Automate Your Infrastructure campaign also offers modular training and resources to help with datacenter environments. Find resources to help implement hybrid cloud solutions, examine savings potential and return on investment (ROI) possibilities, extend Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Azure, consolidate servers, automate IT environments, and more.
 
Finally, our product learning paths help you get familiar with the products you’ll be migrating customers to: Windows Server 2012, Azure, and Office 365. Look in the Products and Solutions section of the learning path tool.
 
Additional resources
 
Beyond the training/campaigns above, there are additional reading and reference materials for you:
 
 
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