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Microsoft Support is ending soon for Windows Servers launched in 2008

It’s never a good idea to be without support, but the date is fast approaching when those using SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 could be in that position with their equipment.


The pace of change in IT is phenomenal and a decade on, the products are no longer meeting expectations. Frankly, it is time to move on.

Just as the last ten years have flown by, the remaining months until support finishes will be gone in a flash. The key dates are as follows:

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

Why support matters

When those dates come around the servers will continue to work, but they will no longer receive vital Microsoft updates. The biggest consequence of this is an increase in security and compliance risks. Cyber attacks are growing more sophisticated and more prevalent, and regular updates and patches protect your systems. Effectively without the updates, your systems become less safe and less efficient and do not comply with GDPR.

Your options

If your Windows servers are affected, you’ve got four options:

  1. Do nothing and run your servers at your own risk
  2. Choose to pay for extended support which will work out very expensive
  3. Migrate some services to the cloud and get extended support until January 2023
  4. Upgrade your server infrastructure

We’ve already discussed the risks you’ll face if you decide to do nothing. It’s not an approach we – or indeed industry professionals – would recommend.

Talk to us

Every organisation has different concerns and priorities. Microsoft’s decision to end support for its 2008-launched servers may not be at the top of your agenda, but it isn’t a decision you can safely ignore. We know that these issues can be confusing and that weighing up the pros and cons isn’t a two-minute job, but that’s why we’re here.

We can cut through the hype and the jargon, have a frank conversation about the risks and the opportunities these changes present. And if, as we hope, you decide that it is time to adopt the best technology available, we can develop plans to upgrade and update your systems without interrupting your business.

The end of support for these products is measured in months, not years. Call us now on 0845 363 0403 to allow you to build your change into your IT roadmap.