Windows 2008 Server reaches End of Life (EOL) on January 14th 2020, so Microsoft will no longer provide necessary security patches and updates. Simply put, to remain secure you’ll need to update your operating system.
If you’re not ready to upgrade your OS, then don’t panic. Microsoft are now offering an Extended Support Programme for organisations who wish to continue with their Windows 2008 Server.
What is the Extended Support Programme?
Essentially, the Extended Support Programme allows organisations to continue to use their Windows 2008 Server by migrating to Azure and by doing so they will receive 3-years of security updates for free, keeping the operating system secure and delaying the need to upgrade. From a user point of view your server will be exactly the same, but will be operating from the Cloud rather than on-premise.
With the Extended Support Programme, you’re effectively buying yourself time. You may have business critical systems which may not be compatible with the upgrade to Windows Server 2019, so you need to find another solution. This allows you an extra three years of secure time to prepare fully.
Throughout the process of migration, and for the three years following, our team of technical experts are available to help and at the end of the three years we can assist in scoping your new Virtual Server solution ready for when your 3-years of Extended Support are up.
If you’d like any more information about Windows Server 2008 EOL, the Extended Support Programme or Azure Virtual Servers, please give us a call or fill in the form below.
Windows Server 2008 reaches end of life in January 2020. For advice on your options, please fill in the form or call our advisors on 01492 862 780.