Information on Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Server 2003 in 2015

In a continuing effort to keep you informed of changes that may affect your business, we want to make sure that you’re aware of Microsoft plans to discontinue support for Windows Server® 2003 next year on July 14, 2015.

Often times, we see dealers wait to plan their server migration and upgrades at the last minute.  This tends to cause more of a stressful situation than necessary because a “forced” migration is usually needed.  To help avoid this situation for both your dealership and our production department, it’s highly recommended that you plan any necessary upgrades well in advance to ensure you have the right computer hardware and network infrastructure in place before making the transition.

To stay updated on out most current hardware recommendations, click on the Configuration Instructions link located in the Resource Center of the Ideal Welcome Page.  We also want to remind you that Ideal offers some of the best computers on the market that are specifically designed to handle the needs of your particular dealership.

If you decide to purchase hardware from a third party and need Ideal to configure it to your network, there is a $450 charge for a server setup.  If you decide to configure the server yourself with Ideal’s configuration documents, Ideal charges $195 to migrate the Ideal data base and the Ideal data files to the new server and setup Firebird for the database. This charge must be prepaid and scheduled with our staff in advance.

If you would like more information on the dealership-specific products offered by Ideal, or setup fees for third party hardware, call Brian Mohr at 800-737-1620, ext. 209 or email

The countdown to July 14, 2015 is on!  Don’t let yourself be caught unprepared.

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