SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 end of support

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SQL Server 2012 will reach the end of support on July 12, 2022, and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 will reach the end of support on October 10, 2023. After this date, these products will no longer receive security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, or technical support.

Microsoft recommends customers migrate applications and workloads to Azure to run securely. Azure SQL Managed Instance is fully managed and always updated (PaaS). Customers can also lift-and-shift to Azure Virtual Machines, including Azure Dedicated Host, Azure VMware Solution, and Azure Stack (Hub, HCI, Edge), to get three additional years of extended security updates at no cost.

Customers needing an on-premises solution may upgrade to Windows Server 2022 and SQL Server 2019. Eligible customers with Software Assurance under an Enterprise Agreement may also purchase ESUs for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012.


SQL Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2008/R2 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) will end support on July 12, 2022, and January 10, 2023, respectively. Customers who require additional time to upgrade may rehost their servers on Azure to receive one additional year of free ESUs.

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