Older Windows Server Support on Azure


Question:  Are older Windows Server (i.e. pre Windows Server 2008 R1) available on Azure?

Answer:  Windows Server 2003 and later versions are supported for deployment in Microsoft Azure. For versions that are earlier than Windows Server 2008 R2, there is no Azure Marketplace support, and customers must provide their own images. The ability to deploy an operating system on Microsoft Azure is independent of the support status of the operating system. Microsoft does not support operating systems that are past their end of support date without a Custom Support Agreement (CSA). For example, Windows Server 2003/2003 R2 is no longer supported without a CSA.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2721672

 


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