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Windows Server 2012 will soon take its final bow.

As of October 10, 2023, Microsoft is retiring support for the following platforms (both physical and virtual):

  • Windows Server 2012 x64 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 (all editions)

So, what does this mean for you and your organization? There are potentially serious impacts if you opt to skip the upgrade:

  • Microsoft will no longer release security or quality updates for these platforms after October 10, 2023, which affects monthly patching.
  • Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) like OneNeck will no longer be able to provide support escalation to Microsoft, which reduces support SLAs and the level of urgency to “best effort” support.
  • Third-party applications used for endpoint management, monitoring and backups may drop support for these platforms and, as a result, your CSP may be unable to provide these third-party applications to support your Windows 2012 servers.

Bottom line: Windows Server is too important to risk downtime, so it’s time to migrate.

Windows Server Migration Options

Microsoft has advised that the following Windows Server platforms are suitable upgrade/migration replacements for these end-of-life platforms .

  • Windows Server 2016 x64
  • Windows Server 2019 x64
  • Windows Server 2022 x64

Below is a summary of the Support Lifecycle for these supported platforms:

We can help!

At OneNeck, we know migrations can get complex fast, but we’ve pretty much seen it all and would love to help you determine your ideal-fit option and build an actionable plan to get your Windows Server current. So, contact us or your account rep today, and let’s help your Windows Server 2012 off the stage…

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