Microsoft has informed its customers that as of October 10, extended support for all versions of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 would no longer be available.
Windows Server 2012 End of Life
After Windows Server 2012’s mainstream support expired more than four years ago, Microsoft extended it for another five years in October 2018 so that users could make the transition to newer, less supported Windows Server versions.
Technical support and bug fixes for newly discovered issues that may affect the reliability or usability of servers running the two OS versions will be discontinued by Redmond once the end of extended support is reached.
Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will no longer provide security updates, non-security upgrades, bug fixes, technical assistance, or updates to online technical documentation for these products after the aforementioned date.
This is the third and final warning since July 2021 that this Windows version will be phased down later this year, and it arrives at the end of the year.
Customers Are Encouraged To Upgrade or Move To Azure.
In order to continue receiving support and security upgrades for Windows Server 2012 installations on-premises, Microsoft recommends that administrators upgrade to Windows Server 2022 or purchase Extended Security Updates (ESUs).
With ESUs, they can extend their access to critical patches for an additional three years, with each year of that extension being valid until October 13, 2026.
If they switch to Azure Virtual Machines instead, they’ll get free ESUs for three years after support ends, and that’s a good enough reason to make the switch.
Microsoft said its Azure Arc service will allow clients with servers located on-premises to benefit from Azure’s security and governance features and automated/scheduled ESU updates and installation.
End-Support for Windows Server 2008/R2 ESUs will occur on January 10, 2023.
This FAQ addresses some of the more common concerns people have when learning more about Extended Security Updates.
Microsoft warned in July 2021 that “running apps and data on unsupported versions can present substantial security and compliance issues” due to the increasing sophistication and frequency of assaults.
Customers are encouraged to update to the latest versions for optimal functionality, efficiency, and the most recent security patches.
How Are Companies Preparing For The Retirement of Windows Server 2012?
Many alternatives exist, such as
organization’s IT strategy under review
Moving your servers and other equipment online
Installing the Windows Server 2022 Update In-Place Upgrade
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