Several of Microsoft’s server products will reach support levels in 2022 and 2023. The products are Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, and SQL Server 2012. In addition, Windows Server 2008 and R2 2008, and SQL Server 2008 and R2 are in their final stages. Years of enhanced security updates.
The lifespan of all products can be further extended. For 2012 server products, Microsoft is offering three years of free extended security updates if the machines migrate to Azure. Only selected customers can purchase the on-premise extension. Payment increases from 75% of the full license price in the first year to 125% of the full license price in the third year.
Server 2008 products are already in the final year of their enhanced security update Customers can get a free 1-year extension when they move to Azure.
Microsoft makes it clear that “free” means there will be no additional charges “above the cost of running the virtual machine”.
Here’s a quick overview of important server timelines:
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will be supported with extended security updates until January 10, 2023.
- Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 reached the end of support on October 10, 2023.
- SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 reached the end of support on July 12, 2022.
- SQL Server 2012 ended support on July 12, 2022.
Server products that have lost support will no longer receive security updates, including non-security updates or technical support.
|Products||Release||Mainstream support is over||Extended support ends||ESU|
|Windows Server 2008||May 6, 2008||January 13, 2015||January 14, 2020||January 9, 2024|
|Windows Server 2008 R2||October 22, 2009||January 13, 2015||January 14, 2020||January 9, 2024|
|Windows Server 2012||October 30, 2012||October 9, 2018||October 10, 2023||October 13, 2026|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||November 25, 2013||October 9, 2018||October 10, 2023||October 13, 2026|
|Windows Server 2016||October 15, 2016||January 11, 2022||January 12, 2027|
|Windows Server 2019||November 13, 2018||January 9, 2024||January 9, 2029|
|Windows Server 2022||August 18, 2021||October 13, 2026||October 14, 2031|
|SQL Server 2008||November 6, 2008||July 8, 2014||July 9, 2019||July 11, 2023|
|SQL Server 2008 R2||July 20, 2010||July 8, 2014||July 9, 2019||July 11, 2023|
|SQL Server 2012||May 20, 2012||July 11, 2017||July 12, 2022||July 8, 2025|
|SQL Server 2014||June 5, 2014||July 9, 2019||July 9, 2024|
|SQL Server 2016||June 1, 2016||July 13, 2021||July 14, 2026|
|SQL Server 2017||September 29, 2017||October 11, 2022||October 12, 2027|
|SQL Server 2019||November 4, 2019||January 7, 2025||January 8, 2030|
For those running SQL Server 2008 / R2 or Windows Server 2008 / R2, Microsoft is offering an extended security update extension. This time though, according to Microsoft, customers will have to move servers to Microsoft’s Azure platform to receive “an extra year of free ESUs.”
The situation is similar for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, and SQL Server 2012. Customers can get extended security updates for up to three years, but this will require them to migrate to Azure Virtual Machine. According to Microsoft, enhanced security updates come at no cost in that case.
Only eligible customers with software guarantees under an enterprise agreement can purchase extended security updates for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012.
Customers can also upgrade to the new server release. Microsoft recommends Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 as major upgrade targets and to test Windows Server 2022.
Server administrators may want to check out the Extended Security Update page on Microsoft’s website for additional information on upcoming changes.
Unlike server products, Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system will not get an extension for another year.