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SQL And Windows Server 2008

End of Support

End of Support For SQL And Windows Server 2008

  • 04 March 2021
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Once in a while, software vendors are making changes to their portfolios by introducing a new product, changing price lists, ending support and so on. If you want to make sure that you are at all times compliant, then it’s advisable to keep an eye on these changes. As you may already know, Microsoft announced the end of support for some of its products: SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as of July 9, 2019 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as of January 14, 2020. But what does this mean for you as an end user? This article aims to provide a practical insight on how this could potentially impact you.

What Does This Mean?

After the release of a product, Microsoft offers two support phases – mainstream and extended.

  • Mainstream Support lasts for 5 years after the product is released. As part of this support offering, Microsoft provides security updates, non-security updates (e.g.: feature updates, tool updates, driver updates), design changes and warranty claims. When mainstream support ends, the Microsoft product falls under extended support for another five years.
  • Extended Support starts when Mainstream Support has ended. As part of this support offering, Microsoft provides bug fixes and patches but does not develop or add new features. In addition, no security updates are provided.

Once the extended support ends, running applications and data on unsupported versions can lead to security and GDPR compliance risks especially to internally hosted web sites and internet-facing client servers like Microsoft Exchange. Even if a server isn’t accessible from the internet, viruses and malware can still spread from one server to another if they are in a network and they run unsupported software that lacks security.

Before Choosing Any of the Presented Options

Take time to consider your organization’s specific requirements. It might be tempting to go for the cheapest option now, but if you want to win, it has to still be worth it in the long run. 

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