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This blog post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal PM Manager, Windows Server. 

This month, SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 reached their end of support. On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will also reach their end of support. These important dates provide an opportunity for businesses outside of the obvious deadline, and we’re here to help. Here is a list of resources to help you get ready:

  • For the latest information about your options, visit the Windows Server 2008/R2 end of support site to learn about upgrading on-premises, migrating to Azure, or taking advantage of Extended Security Updates for your server environment.
  • Download the Migration Guide for Windows Server for beginning-to-end guidance for on-premises or cloud workloads, including Assess, Migrate, Optimize, as well as Manage and Secure phases, with more links to tools that can help you along the way.
  • If you have questions about what Azure can do for your Windows Server workloads, or are ready to start down the migration path, visit the Azure Migration Center to find specific migration advice for Windows Server 2008/R2 and start modernizing with Azure.
  • We have a new migration tool to help you upgrade old file servers. Watch a brief demo of the Storage Migration Service, a new tool to help migrate file servers from Windows Server 2008/R2 (and even back to 2003) to newer versions, running on-premises or in Azure.
  • Finally, watch my on-demand webinar on Transforming Windows Server 2008 Apps and Infrastructure where I lay out options on how to modernize your Windows Server 2008 environment using Microsoft’s hybrid cloud capabilities, including new tools and solutions available to help you migrate.

Ask the experts!

If you still have questions, we’ve scheduled an online Ask Me Anything on July 30, 2019. Bring your questions, and we’ll have our top experts standing by ready to help. Add it to your calendar now.