All good things come to an end eventually... With spring finally around the corner, spring cleaning is in order, and this includes updating or at least planning to update any end-of-life Microsoft or Novell Enterprise software that is still deployed in your organization.On the Microsoft side, this includes the Windows XP operating system, Exchange 2003, Outlook 2003, and Windows Server 2003. On the Novell side, this includes GroupWise 7 and 8.
With support for these end-of-life products winding down or already ended, it is advisable to retire these products and upgrade all such systems to the most current versions for optimal security, product functionality and compatibility with third party software such as the Netmail Platform. Upgrading to the current versions of messaging and operating system software will ensure compatibility with soon-to-be-released and future versions of Netmail. For your convenience, the end-of-support dates and Product Lifecycle Timelines for products still supported (but on the way out) are included below:
Novell GroupWise 7 and 8
GroupWise 7 is currently in the Self-Support phase of the Novell Product Support Lifecycle (ending 15 August 2015). General support for GroupWise 8 will end at the end of 2014, with extended support continuing through 2017. Upgrading to the latest version of GroupWise has significant benefits, including comprehensive mobile device support, integrations with third-party products and the Novell Vibe social collaboration platform, and a new hosted deployment option. Details can be found here.
For your convenience, the Product Lifecycle Timeline for GroupWise 7 and 8 is included below:
|Edition||End of General Support||End of Extended Support||End of Self-Support||Current Version||Replacement Product|
|GroupWise 7||02 Apr 2010||30 Sep 2012||15 Aug 2015||GroupWise 7.0.4||GroupWise 2014|
|GroupWise 8||30 Jun 2014||31 Dec 2014||31 Dec 2017||GroupWise 126.96.36.199||GroupWise 2014|
The Microsoft Products Support Lifecycle Policy and links to lifecycle timelines for all Microsoft product are available here. The Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search page is located here. For your convenience, Lifecycle Timelines for the Windows Server 2003 family of products are included below; Windows XP, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and Outlook 2003 are already at the end-of-life.
Windows XP extended support ended on April-08-2014. Support and updates are no longer provided by Microsoft. If Windows XP is still employed in your organization, make sure that all XP workstations have the latest available update or service pack installed.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Outlook 2003
Extended support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Outlook 2003 (Office 2003) ended on April-08-2014, so we recommend that you update all systems to the latest versions if these products are still deployed in your organization.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Extended support for Windows Server 2003 will end on July 07-2015, and we recommend that you update your systems to the latest server server operating system version before then. For your convenience, the Product Lifecycle Timeline for Windows Server 2003 is provided below:
|Edition||Lifecycle Start Date||End of Mainstream Support||End of Extended Support||End of Service Pack Support||Notes|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter (32-Bit x86)||2006-03-05||2010-07-13||2015-07-14||2009-04-14|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter with SP2||2007-03-13||See notes||See notes||Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy here.|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64||2006-03-05||2010-07-13||2015-07-14||2009-04-14|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 with Service Pack 2||2007-03-13||2010-07-13||See notes||Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy here.|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise (32-Bit x86)||2006-03-05||2010-07-13||2015-07-14||2009-04-14|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64||2006-03-05||2010-07-13||2015-07-14||2009-04-14|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard (32-bit x86)||2006-03-05||2010-07-13||2015-07-14||2009-04-14|
|Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64||2006-03-05||2010-07-13||2015-07-14||2009-04-14|
To help with planning software or hardware updates/upgrades to systems hosting Netmail Platform products, links to the system requirements for each component of the Platform are provided below: