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IBM: What You Need to Know--Windows NT Server 4.0 End of Life Planning

Jun 04, 2004, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"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...?"

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