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Extended Security Updates after end of support for Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012

Microsoft have announced the end of support for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012.

Customers who are currently running these versions should be aware that they are reaching the end of their support lifecycle. Microsoft provides each server version with a minimum of 10 years of support (five years for Mainstream support and five years for Extended support) which includes regular security updates.

Customers who are currently running these server versions, have the following options available to them.  Microsoft recommend upgrading to the latest versions for the most advanced security, performance, and innovation.  Customers who are unable to upgrade before the end of support dates, there are options to help protect applications and data during the upgrade transition.

Option 1

Transition to Azure Cloud

Migrate your workloads to Windows Server and SQL Server Azure Virtual Machines

Option 2

Upgrade to latest version

Upgrade to the latest release for security, performance, and innovation:


SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 RT Extended Security Updates (ESU’s) are coming to an end on 12 July 2022 and 10 January 2023, respectively. Customer who require more time to upgrade and modernise on Azure, there is an option to extend security updates on Azure. Speak with our technical experts today.

Speak to Nviron’s infrastructure and Microsoft License Specialists today, to understand the options available to you in more detail, and to help you make an informed decision.  To find out more, please contact us at