Windows 7 end of life

anth

Winger
Today is the day a lot of us who work in IT have been working hard to be ready for. Windows 7 goes end of life today. If you haven’t updated to windows 10 (or 8 🤦‍♂️) you will stop receiving security updates from today.

What this means is that it will continue to work, but will quickly become insecure. Due to similarities between versions of Windows a security update released for win8/10 could hand a vulnerability for windows 7 on a plate for hackers.

If you insist on continuing to use it due to old hardware or applications then don’t do anything that could be exploited like important data or online banking.

information from Microsoft can be found at
 
Today is the day a lot of us who work in IT have been working hard to be ready for. Windows 7 goes end of life today. If you haven’t updated to windows 10 (or 8 🤦‍♂️) you will stop receiving security updates from today.

What this means is that it will continue to work, but will quickly become insecure. Due to similarities between versions of Windows a security update released for win8/10 could hand a vulnerability for windows 7 on a plate for hackers.

If you insist on continuing to use it due to old hardware or applications then don’t do anything that could be exploited like important data or online banking.

information from Microsoft can be found at
Is this still likely even with added security ?
 

anth

Winger
Is this still likely even with added security ?
Yes. Take the antivirus for example. The version on win10 is based on the win7 version. So while they both get virus definitions only win10 will get updates to the software itself. Meaning an update to the built-in antivirus on win10 could show hackers a way to remotely disable the one in win7 all together.
 
Windows XP was the best
They still use XP in many government departments in Russia as they don't trust what they refer to as the "spyware" they've found in later versions.

Companies with E5 subscriptions can still receive security updates, MS announced it last year. Small companies and individuals can also pay for a subscription till January 2023 but prices are on the extortionate side.
 
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anth

Winger
Server 2008 too
That's been quite a big thing too. We are carrying over a fair few machines for win7 extended support, but I've been told no to anything on server 2008, there was not much to be fair.

Our biggest pain is the computers used to run the information displays round the place. No one wants to take responsibility for them. I only got access on Thursday and they are a variety of early dual-core AMD cpu with 2gb of ram. Someone is going to have to put their hand in their pocket because they are being turned off this afternoon.
 

DaveH

Striker
That's been quite a big thing too. We are carrying over a fair few machines for win7 extended support, but I've been told no to anything on server 2008, there was not much to be fair.

Our biggest pain is the computers used to run the information displays round the place. No one wants to take responsibility for them. I only got access on Thursday and they are a variety of early dual-core AMD cpu with 2gb of ram. Someone is going to have to put their hand in their pocket because they are being turned off this afternoon.
I think we have 6 2008 servers left, with a couple to be turned off today. I have been running a project upgrading and replacing 150, now on crunch day I’m off sick feeling like crap!
 
Out of interest what are you lot using for managing the desktop fleet these days? With modern management there's more scope to move away from SDDC to other providers who can incorporate your entire digital workspace fleet including phones, tablets, IoT devices etc. across a range of platforms such as Android, ChromeOS, iOS ...
 

anth

Winger
I think we have 6 2008 servers left, with a couple to be turned off today. I have been running a project upgrading and replacing 150, now on crunch day I’m off sick feeling like crap!
Just what you need. I got rid of my last 2008 vm this time last year and my last win7 desktop in November. The issue I now have to worry about is there 250 win10 1709 machines that go end of life in april, or more to the point the 2500+ win10 1803 that need updating by November.
Out of interest what are you lot using for managing the desktop fleet these days? With modern management there's more scope to move away from SDDC to other providers who can incorporate your entire digital workspace fleet including phones, tablets, IoT devices etc. across a range of platforms such as Android, ChromeOS, iOS ...
Config manager for windows devices, we haven't embraced modern management yet, getting our house in order for win7 end of life has been the priority. Jamf for apple, the rest is such a small percentage they are basically unmanaged.
 
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