End of support is here

Prepare for Windows Server & SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Life

Extended support ended on July 9, 2019 for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 support ends on January 14, 2020.

If you’re running Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, these versions are reaching the end of their support lifecycle (Windows Server EOL). Each version is backed by a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years for Mainstream Support and 5 years for Extended Support) including regular security updates. End of support is like any lifecycle milestone – it offers you a chance to reassess direction and set yourselves up for the future.

When extended support ends you:
  • No longer receive security updates and patches giving hackers ample opportunity to find new penetration points and exploit them.
  • Receive no new features or bug fixes which means your business may not be able to take advantage of applications that require the most recent operating systems.
  • Risk not meeting regulatory compliance requirements

Windows Server workloads options

Get the facts and learn your options for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

SQL Server upgrade options

Avoid higher maintaince costs with modernized data platforms.

Cloud lessons learned:

Four companies that migrated Windows Server 

Windows Server Migration lessons learned

Cloud lessons learned:

Four companies that migrated their SQL data 

SQL Migration lessons learned

Extended Security Updates after end of support


For customers that can’t get it all upgraded by the deadline, new options help protect applications and data during the upgrade transition. Microsoft is offering a free extension of security updates for 3 years if you migrate and rehost your workloads in Azure. Or, if you have an EA or software assurance you can pay to receive updates for an additional 3 years.

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Along with optimizing costs, reducing security threats, and increasing consistency across your infrastructure, migrating to the Microsoft cloud increases scalability and flexibility if your business is growing or has fluctuating capacity needs. In addition, your security updates are extended meaning you get to protect your business data- and your brand reputation. 

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