If you are still running Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2, you may be wondering what this means for your business and how to prepare for the upcoming changes. In this blog post, we explain the implications of the Microsoft 2012 EOL (end of life), the benefits of upgrading to Windows Server 2022 or migrating to Azure, and how we can help you with the transition.
What is the end of support date for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2?
The Microsoft 2012 EOL date for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 was October 10, 2023. As of that date, Microsoft is no longer providing security updates, technical support or bug fixes for these operating systems.
This end of service could expose your servers that still run that program to cybersecurity risks, performance issues and compatibility problems with new applications and devices.
Not ready to move to Windows 2023?
You may be able to leverage Azure Arc to extend your usage of Windows Server 2012. Reach out to SkyTerra to discuss your options and put together a plan.
Ready to move to Windows Server 2023?
By upgrading to Windows Server 2023 or migrating to Azure, you can take advantage of the latest features and innovations that Microsoft has to offer. We can help you with the transition, please contact us or book a meeting today. Some of the benefits include:
- Enhanced security: Windows Server 2023 and Azure provide advanced security capabilities such as Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) platform that helps you detect, investigate and respond to threats across your hybrid environment. You can also use Azure Arc, a service that enables you to manage your servers, applications and data across on-premises, edge and cloud locations from a single pane of glass.
- Improved performance: Windows Server 2023 and Azure deliver faster and more reliable performance for your workloads, thanks to features such as Storage Spaces Direct, a software-defined storage solution that enables you to create highly available and scalable storage clusters using local disks; Network Controller, a centralized network management service that allows you to configure, monitor and troubleshoot your network infrastructure; and Azure Migrate, a tool that helps you assess, migrate and optimize your servers to Azure with minimal downtime and risk.
- Increased innovation: Windows Server 2023 and Azure enable you to leverage the power of cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) for your business needs. You can use features such as Azure Cognitive Services, a collection of AI services that allow you to add vision, speech, language and decision-making capabilities to your applications; Azure Machine Learning, a platform that helps you build, train and deploy machine learning models; and Azure DevOps, a set of services that help you collaborate, automate and deliver software faster and better.
Microsoft 2012 EOL: How We Can Help You With the Transition
As a Microsoft partner, we have the expertise and experience to help you with the transition from Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2023 or Azure. We can help you with:
- Planning: We can assess your current environment, identify your goals and requirements, and design a migration strategy that suits your needs and budget.
- Implementation: We can execute the migration plan, ensuring that your servers are upgraded or migrated smoothly and securely, with minimal disruption to your operations.
- Support: Following implementation, we can help you monitor and manage your new environment, providing ongoing support, maintenance and optimization.
The Microsoft 2012 EOL day has passed, so if you are interested in learning more about working with SkyTerra or how we can help you with the transition from Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2023 or Azure, please contact us or book a meeting today. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.