The end of life for Windows Server 2012 R2 (October 10, 2023) is almost upon us. After this date, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 will stop receiving regular patches or critical security updates, making their security and compliance a priority. As the upgrade process usually takes more than a year, we encourage users not to delay any further changes. Microsoft supports a new rollout version, which for Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 will be Windows Server 2019. The article below discusses the standard and long support, end of support, what to do if you want to continue using Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 after the end of life, and also.
What is Extended Support? What does the validity period mean?
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 follow a fixed lifecycle policy, with Microsoft offering 5 years of basic support and 5 years of extended support. The product receives all types of updates and support during the Mainstream Support Period, while during Extended Support it stops receiving non-security updates. After the end of the extended support period, the product reaches the final stage, i.e. the end of support. If necessary, users can subscribe to a premium plan called Extended Security Update to continue receiving updates and support for up to 3 years after the end of the extended support period. But for those who do not participate in this program, there will be no patches or security updates once the product reaches the end of support. Public support
Mainstream support phase refers to the first 5 years of the product life cycle. During this period, the product receives feature updates, security patches and service packs. Users may also request non-security updates, event support, or product feature changes.
For Windows Server 2012 R2, the main support period is from 2013-11-25 to 2018-10-09. Extended support
The extended support phase refers to the last 5 years of the product life cycle. During this time, the product only receives security updates and users can no longer request new design changes or non-security updates. Windows Server 2012 R2 is now in extended support.
End of support
As mentioned, once a product reaches the end of life, Microsoft will stop providing many types of updates and support for it, making it a security risk. For customers who are still in the upgrade process or who want to continue using legacy products, Microsoft offers one last option: the Security Update (ESU) program.
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