What you need to know

  • Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2012 on October 10, 2023.
  • Recommended next steps include transitioning to Windows Server 2022 or purchasing Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for Windows Server 2012.
  • ESUs include three additional years of security updates, renewable annually until October 13, 2026.
  • Admins that transition their databases and applications to Azure Virtual Machines will access free ESUs for three years after the end of the support date.

October is fast approaching, which will mark Microsoft ending its support for Windows Server 2012. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as Microsoft had already issued a reminder at the beginning of this year. The statement explains that extended support for all Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 editions is set to end on October 10, 2023.

Windows Server 2012 ended its mainstream support date in 2018. Still, Microsoft decided to carry the date forward to provide users ample time to transition to supported Windows Server versions.

For on-premises servers, customers can use Azure Arc to receive automated/scheduled ESU updates and installation as well as the security and governance capabilities in Azure.

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