(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Announcing new options for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support

Today's tip...

End of support is rapidly approaching for the 2008 releases of Windows and SQL Server:


  • Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2019.
  • Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.


End of support means the end of regular security updates. With cyberattacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks. The 2008 family of products was great for its time, but we highly recommend upgrading to the most current versions for better performance, efficiency, and regular security updates


We are pleased to share new options and tools to help you manage this transition to carry your organization through the next decade.


Migrate to Azure, get free Extended Security Updates

We are pleased to announce that Extended Security Updates will be available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline.


Upgrade on-premises environments and stay protected

For apps and data that you want to keep running on-premises, we recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server and Windows Server to get the strongest security and latest innovation. SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 are the new standard for performance and efficiency, and both include built-in security features to help you harden your platform.

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