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End of Extended Support for Microsoft Products

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Dirk Slechten
Executive System Engineer, EASI

Microsoft announced the end of support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, Sharepoint 2010, and Office 2010. This is a handy overview about what it means for you and how you can prepare yourself. 

What did Microsoft announce?

Microsoft said it will soon end the support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, Sharepoint 2010, and Office 2010. 

This means that from that moment on you will not receive any security patches and updates anymore. If you are still running one of these operating systems and / or applications after the extended support date, you are placing your company at great (security) risk. In this digital world, security is and becomes more and more important.

What is the timing?

Version Release Date End of Extended Support
SWL Server 2008 (SP4) 07/07/2014 09/01/2019
SQL Server 2008 R2 (SP3) 26/09/2014 07/09/2019
Exchange 2010 (SP3) 12/02/2013 14/01/2020
Sharepoint 2010 (SP2) 23/07/2013 13/10/2020
Office 2010 (SP2) 23/07/2013 13/10/2020
Windows 7 22/02/2011 14/01/2020
Windows 2008 (SP2) 29/04/2009 14/01/2020
Windows 2008 R2 (SP1) 22/02/2011 14/01/2020

Opportunities and options

2019 is the year where you can prepare your company to avoid being at risk by running an unsupported software by mid 2019 - begin 2020. It is also a great opportunity to update and modernize your applications and environment. We are happy to start up the conversation regarding the possibilities and to determine the best options and migration path for your company.

SQL Server 2008 R2

On 07/09/2019 Microsoft will end the support of SQL Server 2008 R2. For SQL 2008, SQL Server 2016 is the recommended version to migrate to. SQL Server 2016 has several security advantages over 2008, like row level security and always encrypted.

Exchange 2010

On 13/10/2020 Microsoft will end the support for Exchange 2010. For Exchange 2010, there are several options to consider. A migration to a new version Exchange server 2016 or 2019 is one of the possible options. Another option is a migration to Office 365.

Server OS, Windows 2008 & Windows 2008R2

For the Server OS, Windows 2008 & Windows 2008R2, a migration to Windows 2016 is recommended. It is still possible to deploy a Windows 2012R2, but this is not advised regarding long term investment.

Windows 7

For the client Windows 7 environment, you have several options. One of the options is for example moving a virtual desktop environment on premise, or in the cloud. VDI has become more stable and mature over the years. In combination with a hyper converged storage solution, it brings very good performance for a very good TCO, which is often lower then classical desktops. That said, you should always review your situation with a professional, because VDI might not always be the best solution.

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