Extended support on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL 2008 is at its end. See a solution to this problem below.
But first a description of the product life-cycle of your Microsoft Windows Server software:
First, after it’s release, Microsoft provides standard Mainstream Support (for about 5 years) – which solves security issues and change requests to the user interface etc. Then the software goes into Extended support, which applies to security vulnerabilities (for another approximately 5 years). Then there’s no more support on your servers.
Many of the servers that have formed the backbone of the way we do business today are close to end-of-life of the Extended support:
Windows Server 2008 (R2)
If you are using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (R2), the Extended support has expired on January 14th, 2020. Note! Around ¼ of all the servers we find with our scanner, OpsAI, are of this type. It is the backbone of the Internet as we know it today.
Microsoft SQL server 2008 (SP2)
You might also be using the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (R2) database software, the Extended support has already expired on July 9th, 2019. This is another workhorse of the Internet.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
One of the most common mail servers is Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. This server will come to the end-of-life on support on October the 13th, 2020.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (SP3)
Next, it’s going to be Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (SP3), which is in extended support now. NB! The Extended Support runs out on July the 12th, 2022.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Subsequently Microsoft Windows Server 2012 will expire – which is also in Extended support now, meaning Microsoft only make security patches to this server – the current Extended support will end on October 10th, 2023.
This work with licenses and patches is a never-ending story for a traditional IT department.
The solution: 3 years longer Extended support
With respect to the 2008 servers (Windows and SQL), you can fix your current support issues by moving your server into Azure – through the Lift-and-Shift method (which is easy for you). This will give you a 3-year extension to your Extended support.
Then you have time to find a long-term solution on how to update your server software and to plan getting the security issue fixed.