Extended Support for Windows Server 2012 Ending in 2023

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Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 will reach their end-of-life in October 2023.  

With these servers reaching the end of their extended support periods on the 10th of October, they will no longer receive security updates after this date.  

They will also no longer receive non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or any online technical content updates from Microsoft.  

Read Microsoft’s full update for its guidance on what to do following the end of extended support for Server 2012. 

Why are the Servers Reaching End-of-Life? 

As Microsoft continues to roll out more advanced versions of Windows Server, it also ends support and security updates for older versions such as Server 2012/2012 R2. 

Windows Server 2012 launched on November 25, 2013 and as such, reached the end of its 5-year mainstream support period in 2018. The server will now reach the end of extended support in October 2023 after 10 years. 

What Should I Do? 

If you’re using outdated software or infrastructure, there are usually several options available to you. 

While upgrading your existing technology may provide a short-term solution, the end of support for a particular component is a prime opportunity to carry out a cloud migration project or even an entire infrastructure modernisation.   

We would recommend that Server 2012 users start thinking about their options as soon as possible to avoid downtime, security and compliance risks, or increased costs for migration to a new system further down the line. 

For any business with systems still hosted on a 2012/2012 R2 server, speak to your IT manager or managed IT provider to begin migrating to a new infrastructure before October.   

If you need assistance with your migration, cloud backup, or cyber security, then speak to the YourShortlist team today to receive a bespoke shortlist of project Partners to suit your requirements, timescales, and budget.