An Ode To Windows Server 2003

By Paul Hirsch, Senior Network Engineer

Oh Windows Server 2003, I remember when you were young and vibrant.  So stable, so quick(-ish), and so much more refined than Windows 2000.  You bridged the gap between the era of the workgroup and the era of the Internet.  When you were born there was no Facebook, no You Tube, and no Grumpy Cat.  Yet you saw us through the coming of all these and more, running happily on 1GB of RAM and with only 20GB of disk space.  As time passed, many an administrator clung to you tightly instead of moving on to Windows 2008, 2008R2, 2012….  And why not?  You had just the right balance of features and simplicity.

Alas dear Windows Server 2003, now we must part ways.  As of now the great mother-ship Microsoft has cast you off, never to receive another Patch Tuesday communique.  All things must pass, and we must pass security audits, so fare thee well 2003!  As I shut down my last Windows 2003 server, with the sweet sound of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” playing (no, not on Napster), I will enter the following epitaph:


(If this is news to you, get informed!  See Microsoft Server 2003 End Of Support Risks and Reasons to Upgrade )