Upcoming Changes for SQL Server and Windows Server

Published on October 16th, 2018

In the next two years, Microsoft will end support for the 2008 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server:

  • On July 9, 2019, Microsoft will end support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.
  • On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

If your organization currently uses any of these versions, this post helps you plan for upgrading to newer SQL Server and Windows Server versions.

How This Issue May Impact Your Organization

If your organization uses…Microsoft will no longer support your system after…WTS Paradigm will no longer support your system after…
SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2July 9, 2019August 2019 (WTS Paradigm version 3043)
Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2January 14, 2020February 2020 (WTS Paradigm version 3044)

As a result, any issues discovered with those SQL Server or Windows Server versions after the specified dates likely won’t be fixed or will cost additional money to be fixed.

 

Why You Should Start Planning Now

While support doesn’t officially end until 2019 or 2020, we encourage all organizations to start planning now. Transitioning to new versions of SQL Server and/or Windows Server is a months-long project that includes:

  1. Deciding what version of SQL Server and/or Windows Server to upgrade to.
  2. Reviewing your current hardware and determining whether new hardware is needed.
  3. Budgeting for and purchasing new hardware and software licenses.
  4. Planning and executing an on-premise server migration.
  5. (Optional) Planning and executing an application upgrade to coincide with the server migration.

Alternatively, this is an excellent opportunity to consider migrating to WTS Paradigm’s hosting or software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. Our hosting and SaaS services can often be easier and more cost effective than managing your own infrastructure—for example, hosted organizations don’t need to worry about upgrading their SQL and Windows Server software and associated hardware.

To learn more about how our hosting and SaaS services can help your organization, contact your WTS Paradigm representative.

 

What to Do Next

If your organization currently uses a 2008 version of SQL Server or Windows Server, decide whether it makes more sense for you to upgrade to a newer version or migrate to WTS Paradigm’s hosting or SaaS services.

Contact your WTS Paradigm representative to discuss which option is right for you. WTS Paradigm can help you create a project plan to ensure that, whatever path you choose, your organization completes your transition in a comfortable timeframe.

 

Where to Find More Information

For more information on end-of-life support for SQL Server and Windows Server, see Microsoft’s Prepare for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 end of support page.