Administrators are alerted by Microsoft of upcoming Server retirements.

by | Apr 6, 2023

In 2022 and 2023, a number of Microsoft Server products will no longer be supported. The products include SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, and 2012 R2. Furthermore, the final year of extended security updates for SQL Server 2008 and R2 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is already underway.

All products lifetimes can be extended further. If machines are moved to Azure, Microsoft is providing three years of free Extended Security Updates for the 2012 Server products. On-premise extensions can only be purchased by specific clients. In such situation, the payments rise from 75% of the full licence price in the first year to 125% of the entire licence price in the third year. If customers switch to Azure, they can receive a free one-year extension.

Server 2008-based products are already in the last year of Extended Security.

According to Microsoft, “free” refers to the absence of any fees “beyond the cost of operating the virtual machine.”

The significant Server deadlines are summarised in the following table:

  • Extended Security Updates are still available for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 until January 10, 2023.
  • On October 10, 2023, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 will no longer be supported.
  • On July 12, 2022, SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2’s support period came to an end.
  • On July 12, 2022, SQL Server 2012’s support period came to an end.
  • The technical support and updates for server products that have reached the end of their service period are likewise terminated.

Customers that use SQL Server 2008/R2 or Windows Server 2008/R2 can extend their access to security updates through Microsoft. To earn “an extra year of free ESUs” this time, though, clients must migrate their servers to Microsoft’s Azure platform, according to Microsoft.

The scenario is same for SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, and 2012 R2. Customers may receive Extended Security Updates for up to three years, but they must switch to Azure virtual machines in order to do so. In such situation, according to Microsoft, the extended security updates are free.

Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 operating on-premises may only be purchased by “qualified customers with Software Assurance under an Enterprise Agreement.”

Additionally, customers can update to newer Server versions. In addition to testing Windows Server 2022, Microsoft advises using Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 as the primary upgrade targets.

For more information on the impending changes, server administrators may wish to visit the Extended Security Updates page on Microsoft’s website.

In contrast to Server products, the Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft won’t get an extension for another year.