In January 2020 the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system reaches the end of its extended support. Organisations should be aware that security updates from Microsoft will no longer be available from 14th January 2020, and users should consider interim security measures.
While all Windows 2008R2 servers are affected by this, a logical first step and key concern will be any Domain Controllers running server 2008R2. Active Directory Domain Services is the primary authentication platform within your environment, it is a major security consideration were any of these servers to be outside of support.
Performing an upgrade to a supported version of Windows Server will mitigate the consequences and risks associated with the use of an end of life product, particularly if a security vulnerability is discovered and exploited. Other security risks that should be considered include;
- the operation of applications being disrupted
- data being stolen or tampered with
- if the system gets corrupted, it may become a launch pad for eavesdropping and active cyber-attacks.
At BDS Solutions we will continue to support these servers, however we are not able to escalate break or fix issues with Microsoft for unsupported products.
Domain controllers are often used for key infrastructure requirements such as DNS, DCHP and Certificate services, and the upgrade process must be carefully considered. If you require advice or assistance with your Active Directory upgrade, contact a member of the BDS Solutions team on 01884 33440.