Microsoft reminded customers that extended support for all editions of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will end on October 10.
Although Windows Server 2012 has reached its end of mainstream support date More than four years ago, in October 2018, Microsoft pushed back the end date of extended support by five years to allow customers to migrate to newer, undersupported Windows Server versions.
Once the end of extended support is reached, Redmond will stop providing technical support and bug fixes for newly discovered issues that may impact the stability or usability of servers running both versions of the operating system.
“After this date, these products will no longer receive security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or technical content updates online,” Microsoft said. . said tuesday.
Customers are advised to upgrade or migrate to Azure
Microsoft advises administrators who want to keep their on-premises Windows Server 2012 servers running and receiving bug fixes and security updates to upgrade to Windows Server 2022 or purchase security updates scopes (ESU).
ESUs will provide them with up to three additional years of security updates, renewable annually until October 13, 2026.
The other option is to migrate their databases and applications to Azure Virtual Machines, which will also provide them with free ESUs for three years after support ends.
“For on-premises servers, customers can use Azure Arc to receive automated/scheduled ESU updates and installation, as well as Azure security and governance features,” Microsoft said.
Windows Server 2008/R2 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will also reach end of support on January 10, 2023.
Additional information about Extended Security Updates can be found here. Frequently Asked Questions page.
“As cyberattacks become more sophisticated and frequent, running applications and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks,” Microsoft said. said in July 2021.
“Customers are strongly recommended to upgrade to the latest versions for better performance, improved efficiency, and regular security updates.”