Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 follows the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

This applies to the following editions: Datacenter, Datacenter without Hyper-V, Enterprise, Enterprise without Hyper-V, for Itanium-Based Systems, Foundation, Standard, Standard without Hyper-V, Web


Support for this product has ended. See migration guidance below.

Support dates are shown in the Pacific Time Zone (PT) - Redmond, WA, USA.

Support Dates

Listing Start Date Mainstream End Date Extended End Date
Windows Server 2008 2008-05-06T00:00:00.000-08:00 2015-01-13T22:59:59.999-08:00 2020-01-14T22:59:59.999-08:00


Version Start Date End Date
Extended Security Update Year 4 (Azure only) 2023-01-11T00:00:00.000-08:00 2024-01-09T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 3 2022-01-12T00:00:00.000-08:00 2023-01-10T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 2 2021-01-13T00:00:00.000-08:00 2022-01-11T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 1 2020-01-15T00:00:00.000-08:00 2021-01-12T22:59:59.999-08:00
Service Pack 2 2009-04-29T00:00:00.000-08:00 2020-01-14T22:59:59.999-08:00
Original Release 2008-05-06T00:00:00.000-08:00 2011-07-12T22:59:59.999-08:00


*Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available through specific volume licensing programs for Datacenter, Standard, Enterprise, and Embedded editions of this product editions, for up to an additional three years past the end of support. Contact your Microsoft partner or account team to learn more.


Windows Server 2008 Foundation released on May 21, 2009


  • Datacenter
  • Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Enterprise
  • Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Foundation
  • Standard
  • Standard without Hyper-V
  • Web