Microsoft has extended the shelf life of Windows Server 2012 Support.

Microsoft decided to modify the end dates for both its mainstream support and extended support for Windows server 2012. The key date to not is for extended support, as this will be the date of when Microsoft will no longer deliver security patches. Deeming the product “unsupported” and leaving your server open to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

The new extended date for Windows Server 2012 is 10th October 2023.

I have Windows Server 2012 R2, should I consider moving now or Wait?

The current version of Microsoft Windows Server is 2019. Although October 2023 seems like a long time away, you should not leave this on the back burner. There is a lot to consider when migrating servers and data, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic we would also recommend considering hosting your servers, giving you the flexibility of working from home and minimising the equipment you have in your office(s). We would highly recommend designing the hosted solution with Geo-redundant storage (GRS) for disaster recovery scenarios. Even the biggest hosting providers have outages and we have seen recently OVH, who unfortunately had a fire wiping out their main data centre in, you can read the blog here.

GRS copies your data synchronously three times within a single physical location in the primary region using Local Redundant Storage (LRS). It then copies your data asynchronously to a single physical location in a secondary region that is hundreds of miles away from the primary region.

What should I do?

With cyber attacks on the rise, cyber security has become a necessity in todays world. Running applications and storing data on servers that are not compliant or on an operating system that is unsupported creates significant risk to you and your business. You have the option of purchasing extended security updates, which will buy you some time on your current version. Alternatively, you have the option to upgrade to Windows Server 2019.

How do I migrate or upgrade?

If it sounds very complicated, don’t worry, we can help advise, plan with no obligation. Demonstrate the pro and cons and a cost analyst. We are certified Microsoft Partners and we can help you in either scenario. So feel free to speak to one of our Server Migration consultants today.

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