Does the Microsoft Azure image of Windows Server 2012 R2 have a depreciation date?

James Nelson 20 Reputation points
2024-06-06T15:29:59.21+00:00

I know that support on Server 2012 R2 ended in the backhalf of the year, but the image is still available on Azure for provisioning. Does that image have a timeline for depreciation at this time?

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  1. kobulloc-MSFT 25,146 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2024-06-06T16:35:42.05+00:00

    Hello, @James Nelson !

    Is there a deprecation date for the Azure image of Windows Server 2012 R2?

    Outside of the Windows Server 2012 R2 end of support on October 13th, 2023 announcement, I have not seen any specific Azure image announcements however Windows Server 2012 is no longer included in the list of Windows Server editions in the documentation so I wouldn't expect for it to remain available for a long period of time.

    You can check for Azure images that are scheduled for deprecation using Azure Resource graph:

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/deprecated-images#how-can-i-identify-the-virtual-machines-and-virtual-machine-scale-sets-in-my-subscription-that-are-running-on-images-that-are-scheduled-for-deprecation

    Example:

    resources 
    |where type == "microsoft.compute/virtualmachines" 
    //| where properties.storageProfile.imageReference.publisher =~ 'Windows' //optional filter, uncomment this line to filter for a specific publisher.
    //| where properties.storageProfile.imageReference.sku =~ '2016-Datacenter' //optional filter, uncomment this line to filter for a specific deprecated SKU (Plan).
    //| where properties.storageProfile.imageReference.version == '14393.4467.2106061537' //optional filter, uncomment this line to filter for a specific deprecated version.
    |project name, subscriptionId, resourceGroup, ImagePublisher=properties.storageProfile.imageReference.publisher,ImageOffer=properties.storageProfile.imageReference.offer,imageSku=properties.storageProfile.imageReference.sku, imageVersion=properties.storageProfile.imageReference.exactVersion
    

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