Prepare for Windows Server 2008 End of Support (Video)


Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server R2 will end on the 14th January, 2020 with the first deadline being 9th July, 2019.

Microsoft is offering two options for continued infrastructure and application protection, performance and innovation; with Extended Security Updates being made available for three years to organisations requiring additional time to manage the transition.

Option 1: Migrate to Azure with free security updates

  • Rehost Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure.
  • Get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge, and upgrade to a current version when ready.
  • Use existing licenses and save up to 80 percent on Azure Virtual Machines with Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances.

Option 2: Upgrade on-premises and stay protected

  • Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 for greater innovation, built-in security and container support.
  • For continued protection beyond the deadline, buy up to three years of Extended Security Updates - cover only the servers you need while you upgrade.
For organisations still operating on 2008, now is the ideal time to upgrade, modernise and transform to current versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and Azure services to enhance security, performance and innovation.

The video below explains in more detail: 


More information can be found at Windows Server 2008 including advice and resources covering your migration to Azure - Assess; Migrate; Optimise.

The end of regular security updates could put many organisations at risk. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you would like an informal chat with one of our Azure experts.