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Windows Server 2008: What It Means for Your Business

Jeff Young

On January 14, 2020 Microsoft will be officially ending its support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. End-of-life mainstream support for the systems ceased as of January 13, 2015 but Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will officially go end of life in January of 2020. This means that Microsoft will no longer produce vital security patches, improve the product, nor accept warranty claims or provide updates. It also means 3rd-party vendors will stop making and supporting software that run on these operating systems.

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Vulnerabilities in the operating system that are discovered after this date will not be fixed by Microsoft. Since Microsoft won’t provide any type of support for this operating system, it won’t be long before those systems are specifically targeted and exploited. Failure to upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server could also slow down your network and hinder productivity.

Fortunately, there are several upgrade paths available, and there is still time to choose the one that works best for your company.

What are the options for upgrading from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2?

  1. Move to the Cloud – Migrating to the cloud can free your business from constant hardware maintenance issues and the cost of replacement servers while ensuring a steady stream of updates and security patches. Moving to the cloud also allows for simplified file sharing, file store and other business- critical activities.
  2. Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019– Upgrading to the newer server operating systems is another option to consider. While Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are coming to an end, Windows Server 2016 is still in its prime and a viable option.  Windows Server 2019 was just released to the public in October of 2018 and is also entering the mainstream.  Logically can assist you with choosing the version of Windows server that would work best for your environment. By upgrading to the newer server operating system, you can keep your server hardware onsite while enhancing your existing IT infrastructure.

As Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 end of life grows near, the sooner you map out your upgrade path, the better. There are a variety of factors to consider before making a definite decision. Here is some helpful information from Microsoft.

If you have questions or concerns regarding next steps for your EOL devices, Logically is here to help. Schedule a call with an expert today.