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. Starting June 1, 2022, Software Assurance customers will also be able to purchase an additional year of support through ESUs for on-premises workloads through an Enterprise Agreement.

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