Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2012 Extended Security Updates

Extended Security Updates (ESU) are critical if you want to continue safely running Windows Server and SQL Server workloads on versions that are out of support.

Extended Security Updates for the 2008 versions have been available since regular support ended, but will themselves end on the following dates:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Extended Support ends on July 9, 2022 and
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Support end on January 14, 2023.

If you’re running these older products in Azure then you get 3 years of free Extended Security Updates until these dates, and Microsoft have just announced that one additional year of Extended Security Updates will be available only in Azure.

Furthermore, for

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 regular support ends on July 12, 2022 and
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 regular support ends on October 10, 2023.

3 years of ESU will be available after these dates and available for free for customers running these 2012 versions in Azure. Software Assurance customers will also be able to purchase ESUs for on-premises workloads through an Enterprise Agreement.

For the announcement, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2021/07/14/know-your-options-for-sql-server-2012-and-windows-server-2012-end-of-support/.

For a customer FAQ on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, and SQL Server 2012 end-of-support, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/extended-security-updates.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2022 preview

Effective March 2, 2021, Microsoft Windows Server 2022 is available in preview and will be generally available later in 2021 as part of Microsoft’s Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).

Windows Server 2022 LTSC is for customers that need the most stable build of Windows Server with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.

New features include:

  • New advanced multilayer security, hybrid capabilities with Azure and a flexible application platform
  • Secured-core server building on technologies such as Windows Defender System Guard and Virtualization-based Security to minimize risk from firmware vulnerabilities and advanced malware
  • Secured connectivity by introducing several new capabilities such as faster and more secure encrypted HTTPS connections and industry standard SMB AES 256 encryption
  • Improved hybrid server management, an enhanced event viewer and many more new capabilities in Windows Admin Center
  • Improvements to Windows containers, such as smaller image size for faster download, simplified network policy implementation and containerization tools for .NET applications

For the announcement, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2021/03/02/announcing-windows-server-2022-now-in-preview/.

For more details on the release of Windows Server 2022, please visit this Microsoft Ignite session: https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/8c615c6a-64ef-4c40-8ede-7eed49bc92bc?source=sessions.

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host

According to the August 2019 Microsoft Product Terms, Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit now includes options for the Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host. The main aspects of Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and SQL Server remain unchanged. Here’s a summary of the rules for both Windows Server and SQL Server.

What does this benefit offer for Windows Server on Azure Dedicated Host?

Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server on Azure Dedicated Host can be used in three ways:

  • Standard edition: Customers with Windows Server Standard edition are entitled to 2 instances, similar to how Azure Hybrid Benefit applies to Windows Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VM) on shared servers. Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Standard Edition licenses must be used either on-premises or in Azure although customers get 180 days of concurrent use rights while they are migrating their servers. Continue reading Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host

Microsoft Windows Server & SQL Server 2008 & 2008 R2 – End of Support

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.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 On-Premises Licenses available

Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Hence, Microsoft Windows Server 2016 version licenses have been removed from price lists.

The price increase of around 10 percent for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 includes Enterprise Client Access License (CAL), Core CAL, Core CAL Bridge Product Families, and Enterprise CAL Bridge Product Families products – except Campus (Enrollment for Education Solutions) and School programs.

Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 Extended Security Updates

Microsoft announce Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2. Extended Security Updates will be available for purchase as we approach the end of support timeline for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

  • Extended Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9th, 2019.
  • Extended Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14th, 2020.

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