On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft officially ended support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Both of these server operating systems were fundamental to running corporate networks, and the connections, databases, and functions within them. While this was exceedingly useful during the lifetime of Windows Server 2008, end of support has presented some challenges. These servers were deeply entrenched in many organizations, and may have run business-critical applications that are not supported by subsequent versions of Windows Server 2008.
Instead of upgrading, some organizations determined it was in their best interest to pay for extended support. This was a perfectly feasible option for many – until very recently, when IBM announced that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 would no longer be eligible for sub-capacity licensing and will no longer be supported by their IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT). This changes everything for users that planned to take advantage of these tools and pricing structures.
Thankfully, organizations have some time to prepare – this shift will not take place until the end of Q3 2020. However, this deadline isn’t far in the future. If you’re still running Windows Server 2008 in a sub-capacity licensing framework, you must act fast. IBM’s end of support for ILMT and sub-capacity licensing has both financial and operational implications for all organizations that rely on these services. Let’s take a close look at how this change will affect organizations.