We’re continuing to develop, maintain and support BackupAssist v7.5.1 because we understand that a small number of our users’ operating systems will prevent them from upgrading to v8.
You should use BackupAssist v7.5.1 and its Add-ons to back up and protect your Windows 2003 Servers and any data and applications that reside on those servers.
In a mixed environment, v7.5.1 can also work seamlessly alongside BackupAssist v8, which is ideal for newer technologies including Windows Server 2008R1/R2 and Windows Server 2012R1/R2.
To learn more about the new technologies offered by BackupAssist v8, see our BackupAssist v8 release article.
Windows 2003 server was released in April 2003 – over 11 years ago. Microsoft has announced that all support for all versions of Windows Server 2003 will be terminated on July 14th 2015. This is known as the End of Life (EOL) for the software.
This means that after July 2015, Microsoft will no longer provide any updates or fixes for Windows Server 2003. Most importantly, there will be no security fixes or updates to address new issues.
As such, migrating your operating systems beyond Windows Server 2003 is recommended before the EOL takes effect. For Windows Server, this means migrating to Server 2008 or 2012. It can be a significant undertaking, but it is an important one.
To help you do this, Microsoft provides a selection of resources on its Windows Server 2003 migration page.
We wish to advise you that in line with the EOL for Windows Server 2003, BackupAssist will no longer develop or update v7.5 after July 2015. However, we will continue to offer support for v7.5.