Windows & SQL Server 2008 End of Life


Extended Support Dates in Effect


Support for the 2008 releases of SQL Server and Windows Server end on the following date:

  • Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2019
  • Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020

End of support means the end of regular security updates, this means that running apps and data on unsupported versions could put your business at significant risk of cyberattacks – especially now threats are becoming more sophisticated and frequent. The end of support deadline is the perfect opportunity to transform and modernise your data platform to take advantage of cloud computing and the latest versions of SQL Server and Windows Server.

Microsoft have announced new options and tools to help you manage this transition to carry your organisation through to the next decade and keep fully up to date and secure.

What are my options?

1. Migrate to Azure, get free Extended Security Updates


It can be difficult to upgrade everything before the end of support timeline and so to address this need, Microsoft have announced that Extended Security Updates will be available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline to give you more time to plan.

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2. Migrate to Azure, Save Money


If you want to continue on Windows & SQL Server 2008/2008R2, you can use existing licenses and the Azure Hybrid Benefit to save when you migrate SQL Server and Windows Server environments to Azure Virtual Machines or to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

With this benefit, customers with Software Assurance save up to 55 percent on the cost of running SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure.

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3. Upgrade and stay protected


If you want or indeed need to keep running your apps and data on premises, then we recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server and Windows Server in order to get the strongest security and latest innovation.

From on-premises servers that need more time to upgrade, you will be able to purchase Extended Security Updates for three more years.

How do I get started?

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Now that you know your options, it’s time to get the ball rolling...


  • Start by identifying applications that are being supported by 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server
  • Inventory the workloads
  • Choose the right migration and/or upgrade path for each one
  • Assign the right resources and get started

Our team of experts stand ready to help with your planning and migration needs, speak to a Bytes Account Manager or email tellmemore@bytes.co.uk for guidance and assistance on your journey.

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