[There's a reason that Yoda is the unofficial mascot of SBS.  Size indeed matters not.] It's dead in April folks. - THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE SBS DIVA
Wed, Sep 25 2013 21:41 bradley

It's dead in April folks.

Information about SBS 2003 Product Support Lifecycle - The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2013/09/25/information-about-sbs-2003-product-support-lifecycle.aspx

Dudes, just say that April 8, 2014 it's in effect dead because Exchange ... you know the main reason we're still running it... is when it goes out of support.

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# re: It's dead in April folks.

Friday, September 27, 2013 4:12 PM by Rick

Unless I'm misunderstanding something, I disagree.

Do you know the last time MS pushed out an update to Exchange 2003?  I think it's been several years. They don't even update the IMF file anymore. So nothing will really change relative to it.

What's important are updates to Server itself, which look to continue for nearly another two years.

# re: It's dead in April folks.

Friday, September 27, 2013 4:12 PM by Bob Haley

susan, your thoughts please!

how does that effect obtaining a license - such as in the case that a server physically breaks, and requires replacement, reinstallation or restoration from an image (such as ShadowProtect)?

i have several SBS2003 installations (full licenses) that are still running on the original hardware.

the customers are hardly in a position to upgrade to newer hardware or server OS, as the recession gutted their business. they are barely at a third of their former employee count.

thank you.

# re: It's dead in April folks.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:03 PM by Rick

One more try with this:

But that version of Exchange hasn't seen updates in years. Even IMF spam updates were discontinued this year. So the situation with Exchange doesn't exactly change.

Server itself won't go out until sometime in 2016.

# re: It's dead in April folks.

Monday, September 30, 2013 4:11 PM by Rick

Correction: Meant to say 2015 (July, specifically).