Microsoft announced the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
- Extended Support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 ends July 9, 2019.
- Extended Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 ends January 14, 2020.
End of support means the end of security updates, which may leave your business exposed to security risks and compliance concerns. Microsoft recommends two possible paths: You can migrate to Azure with free security updates or you can upgrade on-premises to current versions of Windows Server and SQL Server. If you need additional time to manage the transition, you can get three years of Extended Security Updates to keep your workloads protected beyond the deadlines.
For more information please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-sql-server-2008. Under the following link you also find helpful answers to frequently asked questions regarding the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/extended-security-updates.