It’s not really a surprise that a significant number of organizations are still running Server 2003. What all of them must realize at some point is that Running Server 2003 is not a long term proposition. At some point in time those servers are going to need to be decommissioned. The sooner the better.
No matter how much you might wish them to simply disappear, the only way that you’re going to get your Server 2003 servers out of your environment is by coming up and enacting a plan.
Microsoft is willing to still support Server 2003 and provide you with software updates for the operating system. But there are some catches.
I just got back from delivering sessions at Ignite New Zealand. During each session I polled the audience to learn how many were still running Server 2003 in some capacity in their organization. Each time I asked roughly 30-40% of the room put their hand up.
It may shock you, even surprise you, but a large number of organizations that are still on Windows Server 2003 after end of support for the operating system expired still don’t have any firm plans on how and when they will migrate to a supported version of the OS.