1) Microsoft has stopped developing security patches for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and as of June 30, 2004, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation will enter the "End of Life" phase of it's support cycle [see link below]:
2) The result of this change in status directly impacts the CNG's ability to continue to provide a reasonable level of support for this obsolete operating system:
A). Because Microsoft no longer provides security patches for the obsolete operating system, the computer cannot be properly protected from new security exploits, which makes it a liability to the SEAS production network.
B) Application software will [eventually] no longer work with an obsolete operating system, once new versions [or upgrades] of existing installed software are released.
C) Adding new hardware or maintaining existing hardware becomes difficult when hardware vendors no longer support the obsolete operating system with driver/software development.
3) The limited resources of the CNG staff do not allow for extended support of obsolete operating systems, application software and hardware.
Windows XP/2000 provide the best upgrade paths form a hardware/software compatibility perspective [see links below].
Last modifed: Monday, 12-Oct-2009 11:53:10 EDT