Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2 no longer accepted on UGentNet

(24-01-2020) Since mid-January 2020, Microsoft no longer guarantees the safety of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2 operating systems. This means these systems contain security risks, which can't be allowed at UGentNet.

From 15 February, DICT (Department for ICT) will therefore ban devices with these operating systems from the UGentNet in order to limit the security risks.

On the advice of the ICT Commission of Ghent University, the Executive Council took the decision on 6 September 2019 that computers with the operating system Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008R2 should no longer be connected to UGentNet from 15 January 2020. This was preceded by a transition period in which administrators and users were made aware that an upgrade to Windows 10 was necessary or that an alternative had to be found.

For devices with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008R2, security updates no longer occur, so there is no adequate protection against cyber attacks. An infected device is problematic in itself, but it also poses a serious risk to the IT infrastructure of colleagues and even the entire Ghent University.

DICT will therefore now also take technical measures so that devices with the aforementioned operating systems can no longer connect to the UGentNet from 15 February.

What can you do if you still work with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008R2 today?

  • Upgrade your device to a more recent operating system as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about this, contact the DICT helpdesk.
  • Decommission your device and replace it with a new device with a more recent operating system.
  • Continue to use your device "stand-alone", so disconnected from the UGentNet and the internet.

Also be aware that when using Windows 7 for personal purposes on a device at home, the risk of being infected with malware is high. Here too we strongly recommend an upgrade to Windows 10.

Any questions?

Contact the DICT Helpdesk.