Monday 12 July 2010

July Patch Tuesday - Advance Notice Comments

Tomorrow's Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft contains just four bug fixes - significantly however, it also marks the end of Microsoft’s support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 - potentially posing a huge hidden challenge for organisations currently running on the two operating systems.

The end of this automated process for the OSs could potentially leave many businesses at serious risk of future security vulnerabilities. Greg Keizer of IT PRO offers some sound words of advice here for organisations wishing to stay safe with XP now the SP 2 updates have been discontinued. However, businesses still running Windows 2000 face a more complex challenge, with no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, or options to engage Microsoft product development resources. Access to free and paid support has also come to an end. Whilst issues are unlikely to surface immediately, the only way to guarantee secure IT continuity is to migrate to a supported platform.

For many organisations, especially those with large application portfolios, the process of a major OS migration may seem like a daunting undertaking. However, there is support out there to simplify the process and ensure a smooth, efficient transition.

Ultimately, for these organisations to ensure their business-critical infrastructure and data is future-proofed, they should be actively looking to migrate to a supported OS such as Windows 7 – and sooner rather than later. With Microsoft’s support for XP SP2 and 2000 now coming to end – and Windows 7 SP1 expected shortly – there has never been a better time to put the wheels in motion.

As soon as we get the Patch Update information from Microsoft, we will update our ChangeBase website and this blog with the latest results. 

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