IBM: What You Need to Know--Windows NT Server 4.0 End of Life Planning
Jun 04, 2004, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elliot King)
"The end is in sight for Windows NT Server 4.0. Microsoft has
announced that in December 2004, it will end its extended incident
and security hotfix support for this workhorse technology that
serves as the platform for a wide range of significant enterprise
applications including e-mail, file and print services, network
management and Internet functionality. So what should organizations
still using Windows NT Server 4.0 do?
"The looming NT deadline raises five key questions. First, just
because the product will be officially obsolete must companies
really migrate to a new platform? Or can they adopt an
if-it-is-not-broken-don't-fix attitude? Second, what alternatives
are available to companies that decide to make a change? Third,
what is the most efficient way to manage the migration process?
Fourth, how much will a migration cost? Finally, what new skills
will be needed to support the new platforms...?"