SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 EOS (End of Support) FAQ

When is the End of Support for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2?

End of Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is July 9, 2019.

End of Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is January 14, 2020.

 

What does End of Support mean?

Microsoft Lifecycle Policy offers 10 years of support (5 years for Mainstream Support and 5 years for Extended Support) for Business and Developer products (such as SQL Server and Windows Server).

As per the policy, after the end of the Extended Support period there will be no patches or security updates, which may cause security and compliance issues and expose customers’ applications and business to serious security risks. Learn more at Microsoft Lifecycle Policy page.

 

What are the End of Support offers for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2?

We recommend upgrading to the latest versions of our software to help reduce security risks and continue to get regular security updates. However, for customers that are not able to transition before the End of Support deadline, we are announcing offers to help protect data and applications during the End of Support transition.

Extended Security Updates in Azure: Customers who migrate workloads to Azure virtual machines will have access to Extended Security Updates for both SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for three years after the End of Support deadlines, included at no additional charge over the standard VM pricing.

Eligible customers can also use the Azure Hybrid Benefit to leverage existing on-premises license investments for Windows Server and SQL Server to save on Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) or Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS).

 

How can I get help migrating my workloads to Azure?

Fireminds a Microsoft Gold partner has expert engineers who can help you migrate all your workload to Azure, a Fireminds Data Center, or leverage your on-premise license and Azure’s hybrid deployment option.   

Extended Security Updates for on-premises environments: Extended Security Updates will also be available for workloads running on-premises or in a hosting environment. Customers running Windows Server or SQL Server under licenses with active Software Assurance or Subscription licenses under an Enterprise Agreement enrollment are eligible to purchase Extended Security Updates annually for three years after End of Support. Customers can purchase Extended Security Updates for only the servers they need to cover. This offer replaces Premium Assurance.

 

When will the Extended Security Updates offer be available?

In Azure: Customers can begin migrating workloads to Azure immediately, and Extended Security Updates will become available upon the end-of-support deadline.

On-premises or hosted environments: Extended Security Updates will be available for purchase as we approach the end-of-support deadline (specific dates to be announced later).

 

What do Extended Security Updates include?

For SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2: Extended Security Updates include provision of Security Updates and Bulletins rated “critical” for a maximum of three years after July 9, 2019.

For Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2: Extended Security Updates include provision of Security Updates and Bulletins rated “critical” and “important,” for a maximum of three years after January 14, 2020.

  • This offer does not include technical support, but you may use other Microsoft support plans to get assistance on your 2008 and 2008 R2 questions on workloads covered by Extended Security Updates.
  • This offer does not include new features, customer-requested non-security hotfixes, or design change requests.However, Microsoft may include non-security fixes as we deem necessary.
  • There is no retroactive effect for any update that the engineering teams declined in the past.

 

What is the cost for Extended Security Updates?

In Azure: Customers running Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in an Azure virtual machine will get Extended Security Updates for no additional charges above standard VM rates.

On-premises: Customers with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses can purchase Extended Security Updates for 75% of the full license cost annually. Customers pay for only the servers they need to cover, so they can reduce costs each year as they upgrade parts of their environment. Contact your Microsoft partner or account team for more details.

Hosted environments: Customers may purchase Extended Security Updates for 75% of the full on-premises license cost annually and use them in a hosted environment.

 

Does this offer also apply to SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2003, or older versions?

No. We recommend upgrading to the most current versions for the strongest security features, but customers could upgrade to 2008 or 2008 R2 versions to take advantage of this offer.

 

Is technical support included?

No, but customers can purchase Fireminds support, or use Microsoft’s active support contract such as Software Assurance or Premier Support.   

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