As you have been hearing Microsoft is ending support for its popular legacy products: Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.

This means users will no longer receive security updates and patches, making systems incompatible with future technology and your server vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

DEADLINES
• Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 has ended effective July 9, 2019.
• Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.

YOUR OPTIONS
Upgrade to Azure: This EOS deadline is an opportunity for businesses to upgrade to the latest offering from Microsoft: Azure, an enterprise-grade cloud computing platform that allows you to quickly build, test, and deploy applications and services. Servers that have migrated to Azure will receive an additional 3 more years of extended security updated for FREE.
Upgrade your on-premise server platform: For those businesses that have a server located on premises and who don’t yet feel comfortable with moving their (or their clients’) data to the cloud, you do have the option of upgrading your current on-premises server environment and staying protected.

If you need more time to prepare for an upgrade or migration you do have the option of purchasing Extended Security Updates for up to three more years, however, this option is costly and only available to customers with Software Assurance or Subscription licenses under and Enterprise Agreement enrollment.

HOW TO PLAN FOR THE TRANSITION
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Microsoft offers some great resources on how to prepare for end of support
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