Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 reaching end of support

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Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will end on October 10, 2023. After this date, these products will no longer receive security updates, non-security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates. If you cannot upgrade to the next version, you will need to use Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for up to three years. ESUs are available for free in Azure or need to be purchased for on-premises deployments. Microsoft has guidance for both cloud and on-premises solutions. Go here to learn more.

Migrate to Azure and receive up to three years of free Extended Security Updates (ESUs)

Customers can migrate applications and databases to Azure, including Azure VMware SolutionAzure Stack HCIVirtual MachinesDedicated Host, and receive free Extended Security Updates for three years after the end of support date. Customers can also utilize Azure Hybrid Benefit for their Windows Server and SQL Server licenses.

Remain on-premises by upgrading to Windows Server 2022 or purchasing Extended Security Updates (ESUs)

Customers needing to stay on-premises can upgrade to Windows Server 2022, or purchase Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for Windows Server 2012 – providing up to three years of security updates only. ESUs will continue for three years, renewable on an annual basis, until October 13, 2026. Customers can use Azure Arc to automatically deploy the purchased ESUs on-premises, as well as extend Azure security and governance to their environment.

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