Plan your Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 end-of-support
Read Microsoft’s official update here.
SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) are coming to an end on July 12, 2022 and January 10, 2023.
For those customers who need some more time to upgrade their SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 on Azure, Microsoft will now provide one additional year of free extended security updates, only on Azure. This includes other Azure products such as Azure Dedicated Host, Azure VMWare Solution, Azure Nutanix Solution, and Azure Stack (Hub, Edge, and HCI). For customers who haven’t moved to Azure just yet, read our blog on how to plan and execute your azure cloud migration for more information on how to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will Extended Security Updates (ESU) be available for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2?
Microsoft will be offering Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. Free Extended Security Updates will be available for customers on Azure, which includes Azure Virtual Machines, SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Dedicated Host, Azure VMWare Solutions, Azure Nutanix Solution, and Azure Stack HCI.
- When will SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 reach end-of-support?
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Extended Support will end on October 10, 2023.
SQL Server 2012 Extended Support will end on July 12, 2022.
Learn more about lifecycle support deadlines.
- When is SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates ending?
On-premises licenses for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates are coming to an end on January 10, 2023. On-premises licenses SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates are coming to an end on July 12, 2022.
- What editions of SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and 2012, and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and 2012/2012 R2 are eligible for Extended Security Updates?
The Enterprise and Standard editions of SQL Server for versions 2008/2008 R2 and 2012, and the Standard, Datacenter, and Embedded editions of Windows Server for versions 2008/2008 R2 and 2012/2012 R2 are eligible for Extended Security Updates. The 2008 R2 version of Windows Server and SQL Server was the final version supporting X86 (32 bit) processors, and all subsequent versions are x64 only.
- When will the Extended Security Updates offer be available?
In Azure: Customers can begin migrating workloads to Azure Virtual Machines immediately and apply regular security updates until the End of Support date.
Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and 2012/2012 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and 2012 Virtual Machines in Azure are automatically enabled for Extended Security Updates. You don’t need to configure anything, and there’s no additional charge for using Extended Security Updates with Azure Virtual Machines. In order for SQL Server customers to take advantage of automated patching of security updates customers will need to register their virtual machines with SQL Server IaaS Agent extension.
On-premises or hosted environments: 2008/2008 R2 Extended Security Updates are now available for purchase, and can be ordered from Microsoft or a Microsoft licensing partner. Please see the table below to find the dates that Extended Security Updates will be available for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2. Extended Security Updates are available to purchase typically 3 months prior to End of Support dates with delivery of Extended Security Updates beginning after End of Support.
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