Navigating the End of Windows Server 2012 Support: Your Next Steps

A significant update is on the horizon: October 2023 marks the end of support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Carolyn Norton

Director of Cloud

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    The digital landscape evolves rapidly, and staying updated is crucial. A significant update is on the horizon: October 2023 marks the end of support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. After this milestone, these platforms will no longer benefit from security updates, technical assistance, and other crucial forms of support.

    Your Organization and End of Support for Windows Server 2012

    If an upgrade to the next version isn’t feasible, businesses will need Extended Security Updates (ESUs) to bridge the security gap. While ESUs are available free of cost in Azure, those maintaining on-premises deployments must make a purchase. Microsoft provides comprehensive guidance for both cloud and on-premises solutions.

    Your Options, Simplified:

    Migrate to Azure: By transitioning to Azure, businesses can access up to three years of free Extended Security Updates after the end-of-support date. Azure offers a suite of solutions including Azure VMware Solution, Azure Stack HCI, and Virtual Machines, to name a few. Plus, Azure Hybrid Benefit extends to both Windows Server and SQL Server licenses.

    Stay On-Premises with Upgrades or ESUs: If your operation needs to remain on-premises, consider an upgrade to Windows Server 2022. Alternatively, you can purchase Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012, guaranteeing up to three years of security updates. These ESUs are renewable annually until October 13, 2026. With Azure Arc, deploying the purchased ESUs on-premises becomes seamless, and you can also integrate Azure’s security and governance protocols into your environment.

    Let Velosio Guide Your Next Steps

    The choice between migrating to Azure or updating on-premises solutions depends on individual business needs. Velosio, with its expertise in digital solutions, is here to help you make the right decision for your organization.

    Carolyn Norton

    Director of Cloud

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