End of life for Windows Server 2008

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
14 March 2019

Time to migrate and upgrade

End of life
Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 will soon be end of life. Users need to plan to upgrade their IT infrastructures as soon as possible to avoid any security issues.

Mainstream support for the system ended in January 2015, but Microsoft continues to provide basic support through its extended support agreement. Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 will come to an end at the start of 2020.

Security first
End of life means that the server will no longer be updated and supported and there won’t be any further security updates. This leaves the OS open and exposed and because further patches won’t be applied, it will now be unsafe for businesses to use. All editions of Windows Server 2008 R2 will be affected.

Without the correct security updates for the server, businesses may not meet compliance regulations and may be liable if data breaches were to occur.

Upgrade now
We recommend that businesses migrate to the latest version of Windows Server as soon as possible to avoid any disruption to business operations.

Hyve are Windows Hosting experts and offer managed migrations, so we can help businesses get set up on the latest version of Windows Server in a short time frame. We can successfully support existing environments or help scale out a new environment based on individual requirements.

Managed Services
Windows Server customers will benefit from our management services. Our team of engineers will be on hand to deal with any issues and can also take care of patching and updates with our Patch Management contracts.

If any Hyve customers are running Windows Server 2008 R2, they will be contacted and an upgrade plan will be discussed with their Account Manager.

[Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 will be end of life in July 2019 and we can also migrate and upgrade this to the latest version.]

Find out more about our Windows Hosting and SQL Server Hosting services.

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