by Michael Trantas, Senior Solutions Architect
Microsoft is ending extended support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 on July 19, 2019, which means that updates and support of any kind (KB articles, hotfixes) will no longer be available. Yes – that is 10 months and it’s time to start preparing.
Due to the risk of security and compliance vulnerabilities for existing SQL Server 2008/2008R2 installations, Microsoft is recommending several options to mitigate risks after extended support officially ends.
If there are applications and data running on-premises, upgrading to the latest versions of SQL Server and Windows Server will ensure benefitting from stronger security along with new features and innovation. There is also an option to purchase Extended Security Updates for three additional years. This option is only available to customers with a Software Assurance Subscription license under an Enterprise Agreement enrolment.
Alternatively, two additional options are available to support customers within Microsoft Azure, while leveraging existing licenses and Azure Hybrid Benefits: