On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 went end of support. This means that security updates will not be available to workloads available for this version of Windows Server and customers can be vulnerable to security and compliance issues.
If you’re still running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, there are a few options for you to secure your workloads. They include migrating to Azure and taking advantage of three years of extended security updates, upgrading to a later version of Windows Server, or you can remain on-premises and connect to Azure through Windows Admin Center. You can also bring Windows Server licenses to Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit. Read the recent blog, “Turn to a new chapter of Windows Server innovation” to learn more about these options.
Learn more about Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support by checking out the resources below.
- Windows Server 2008 End of Support page.
- Windows Server Extended Security Updates FAQ.
- Azure Hybrid Benefit page.
- Getting started with Windows Server on Azure.
- Windows Server 2019 page.
If you’re curious about what a migration to Azure would look like and want to learn tips and best practices, attend the Azure Migration Virtual Event: Best Practices for Windows Server and SQL Server on February 26, 2020.