Windows Server 2008 R2 is an operating system for servers released by Microsoft in 2008, which is based in the Windows NT 6.0 core and share some of the architecture with Windows 7 as home and office OS. With almost 10 years of the first released respecting Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 support is near and for those using this server OS such news should not be ignored.
End of support for Windows Server 2008 R2, but what does it mean?
In details, Microsoft is ending the support for Windows Server 2008 R2 after almost 10 years of being live, specifically on January 14th, 2020. This is no news to ignore for those who are still using this OS for their servers, meaning in great risk due to the upcoming updated state this edition of Windows Server will have.
Since 2020 the operating system will lose support and every security update will be finished for good, along with other updates and general technical support. This means that Windows Server will not provide the needed security for servers and data saved on them, due to the longevity of the platform. Customer service and online technical support will also be no longer available permanently.
Fortunately, Microsoft is offering different options for those remaining users of the operating system before the support loss date arrives. For example, there is available for download the migration guide to migrate to current higher versions of Windows Server, in order to enjoy of more security updates and other features.
Also, users with valid and updated Windows Server 2002 R2 versions will enjoy 3 more years of critical security updates if they migrate to Azure, completely for free. The expiration date for Windows Server 2008 R2 support includes every version of the OS, such as Data Center, Enterprise, Standard, Standard with Hyper-V and for systems based on Itanium.