Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

Reece, Brandon 21 Reputation points

The company I work for currently has many Windows 2008 r2 (service pack 1) servers in service and multiple backup servers with Windows 2008 r2. We are being told that if we do not activate the backup servers we have by January 31st, 2023, we will not be able to activate these servers at all. Suppose we activate these servers at least once before January 31st, 2023. Will we still be able to change the disk from the current server to the backup server without worrying about activation and licensing issues?

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  1. Hania Lian 10,931 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Have you purchased ESU? ESU can provide support for an additional three years after the end of life of Windows.
    Your computer is Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (Service Pack 1), Windows End of Life is 1/14/2020, if you have purchased ESU, your Windows support is up to 1/10/2023.
    Refer to this document for details:

    So you need to activate the system and install the system update before 1/10/2023. You cannot receive Windows Updates after the deadline.
    In general, not being able to receive updates will not have a particularly big impact on the operating system, but it is not ruled out that Windows will make improvements in some small aspects.

    Hope the information is helpful.


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  1. Anonymous

    We are being told

    do you have a link?

    Some info here.

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  2. Anonymous

    Activation should not be an issue. I can still activate XP and 2003 instances.

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