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Your business is at risk if you’re running Exchange Server 2007 beyond end-of-life

Posted April 11, 2017
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Is your business aware that Microsoft Exchange 2007 reaches end-of life as of this month?

By Colin Morrison, Service Delivery Manager

Microsoft Exchange 2007 reaches end-of life in April 11th. What does it mean? No further bugs or security exploits will be patched. If you’re still running Exchange 2007, then your entire server will soon be unsupported.

The same will happen to your Small Business Server 2008, which mainstream support ended in 2015 and it’s currently in ‘extended support’ mode only, which means no more fixes other than for security-related bugs. The main issue here is that Microsoft has warned that once any product becomes end-of-life, such as the Exchange 2007 you have in your SBS, the entire unit is no longer under support.

And you’re not alone. Millions of servers are still running on the 10-year-old platform, creating an unprecedented global security threat. Hackers and cybercriminals will be irresistibly drawn to exploit these widespread vulnerabilities.

Time is quickly running out to upgrade to a more recent version of Exchange Server, or to transition to Office 365 and Exchange online. If you remain on an unsupported platform, then you risk serious disruption to your business.

Start by checking which version of Microsoft Exchange Server you have

It’s quite easy and quick. Just follow these steps:

1-      With Microsoft Outlook running, press and hold CTRL while you right-click the Outlook icon in the notification area (what you see on the right-hand side of your screen, at the bottom).

1-      Click Connection Status

2-      You should see your server name – In the example below, the person has Office 365.

*If you don’t have Office 365, note that a number appears under the Version column heading. Compare the number with those in the table below:

Risks and threats of running Exchange 2007 beyond end-of-life

Now that you know what you have, these are just a few of the threats you face if you have Exchange 2007:

Non-compliance

As technology evolves, so do industry compliance standards. Outdated software probably won’t pass a compliance audit. If your business handles sensitive data such as financial or healthcare records, then the impact of lost business or fines may be higher than the cost of upgrading your system.

Security risks

With no further bug fixes or security patches coming from Microsoft, your Exchange Server platform presents a massive security risk to your business. You’ll be increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks and the risk of data loss or theft. Without support, security attacks may not be noticed until it’s too late. Simple tasks like opening email attachments or logging in remotely could easily open the door to hackers.

Higher operating costs

Without support from Microsoft, the expense of keeping your platform running will rise over time. You’ll suffer more outages and be forced to invest in alternative support and security arrangements. Your disaster recovery and business continuity plans may also fail if they rely on an unsupported version of Exchange.

Loss of productivity

A decade after Exchange Server 2007 was released, technology has moved on. The latest version of Exchange is faster, more flexible, more powerful and more resilient than your current out-of-date system. It also integrates better with other Microsoft applications. And if you choose to transition to Microsoft’s cloud-based service then the additional productivity rewards are immense.

So, those are some of the dangers of remaining with Exchange Server 2007. But what about the benefits of moving? Firstly, reduced cost of ownership. Recent versions of Exchange require fewer servers, which means lower hardware, licensing, backup and power costs. Secondly, you’ll gain access to the latest version of Outlook Web Access, which is continually improved. This enables remote workers to access Outlook while outside the office. Finally, newer versions of Exchange enable easier deployment and maintenance via the new Exchange Administration Center user interface.

should I move to office 365

April 11 is here and it’s time to schedule your migration from Exchange Server 2007 to a current supported version of the platform. Upgrades don’t happen overnight, and depending on the size and complexity of your organisation you may require assistance to plan and implement the transition to ensure minimal disruption to your business. If you’d like some guidance on the best approach to take, then contact Bremmar today on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au.

By Colin Morrison, Service Delivery Manager

Our Service Delivery Manager has great experience in project management, process and methodology. He’s constantly looking at every area of how we deliver technology and services to clients and, together with the technical teams, finds ways for improvement. Besides ensuring we deliver the highest levels of service to our clients, he is also known as Bremmar’s first “hired staff” and resident grumpy Scotsman.

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