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Introduction to Windows Server 2003 system images is no longer supported

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2020

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Introduction

In July 2015, Wei software officially announced that it would stop supporting Windows Server 2003 systems. To ensure data security, Alibaba Cloud does not recommend that you continue to use Windows server 2003 for your ECS instances. Alibaba Cloud went offline on July 20, 2017, using all Windows Server 2003 images. To protect your data and business security, Alibaba Cloud recommends and encourages you to migrate your existing Windows Server 2003 instances to later versions of instances if necessary, such as the Windows Server 2008 R2 system and Windows Server 2012 system.

 

Background

To continue using Windows Server 2003 instances, perform the following patches to fix some system vulnerability.

Operating system Patch numbers and links
Windows Server 2003 64-bit KB958644
KB2347290
KB3011780
KB4012598
KB4012583
KB4022747
KB4018466
KB3197835
KB4024323
KB4025218
KB4024402
KB4019204
Windows Server 2003 32-bit KB958644
KB2347290
KB3011780
KB4012598
KB4012583
KB4022747
KB4018466
KB3197835
KB4024323
KB4025218
KB4024402
KB4019204

 

Due to hardware compatibility and driver problems, Alibaba Cloud cannot solve the problem on the operating system. Windows Server 2003 images cannot be used for new products and instance specifications from Alibaba Cloud. Alibaba Cloud will continue to pay attention to Windows Server 2003 Security vulnerability information. Based on the level of the security vulnerability, you will be notified through an announcement on the Alibaba Cloud official website, an email, an internal message, or other methods. If you need technical support to run Windows Server 2003 instances, submit a ticket to contact Alibaba Cloud technical support personnel.

 

Application scope

  • ECS