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 Windows Server 2003 R2: Making the Move to Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2003 R2
Now that Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003 R2 is moving into the Extended Support phase, you have the perfect opportunity to transition your customers to Windows Server 2008. Take advantage of the resources below to help them make the move.

Windows Server 2003 R2 Moves to Extended Support Phase

On July 13, 2010, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 made the transition from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase.

Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 and for Windows Server 2003 R2 will be available until July 14, 2015.

During the Extended Support phase:

  • Microsoft will continue to provide security updates and paid support.
  • Customers will continue to have access to all security updates and Self-Help Online Support options.
  • Non-security hotfixes developed in the Extended Support phase are only available to customers who enrol in Extended Hotfix Support (EHS).

Resources for Transitioning to Windows Server 2008 R2

Transition your customers to Windows Server 2008 R2. Learn more.

Windows Server 2003 Technical Resources

Additional Resources

  • Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ
    Describes the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format. Topics covered include Security Update policy, extended support contracts, mainstream support and the policy for service packs.
  • Microsoft Support Product Lifecycle
    Outlines the product support lifecycle dates for all Microsoft products. The support lifecycle policy applies to most products currently available and most future release products.
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing Guide
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