Extended Security Updates frequently asked questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about end of support for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

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General questions

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  • The End of Support date for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is July 9, 2019.
  • The End of Support date for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is January 14, 2020.

  • Microsoft Lifecycle Policy offers 10 years of support (5 years for Mainstream Support and 5 years for Extended Support) for Business and Developer products (such as SQL Server and Windows Server). As per the policy, after the end of the Extended Support period there will be no patches or security updates, which may cause security and compliance issues, and expose customers’ applications and business to serious security risks.

  • We recommend upgrading to the latest versions of our software to continue to get regular security updates, either in Azure or on-premises. However, for customers that are not able to transition before the End of Support date, we have options to help protect data and applications during the End of Support transition:

    Extended Security Updates in Azure: Customers who migrate workloads to Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) will have access to Extended Security Updates for both SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for three years after the End of Support dates for no additional charges above the cost of running the virtual machine. For many customers, this is an easy first step before upgrading or modernizing with newer versions or services in Azure. Those that decide to move to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS) will also have access to continuous security updates, as this is a fully managed solution. Customers do not need Software Assurance to receive Extended Security Updates in Azure. Eligible customers can use the Azure Hybrid Benefit (available to customers with active Software Assurance or Server Subscriptions) to obtain discounts on the license of Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) or Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS). These customers will also have access to Extended Security Updates for no additional charges above the cost of running the virtual machine.

    Extended Security Updates for on-premises environments: Extended Security Updates will also be available for workloads running on-premises or in a hosting environment like another cloud provider. Customers running SQL Server or Windows Server under licenses with active Software Assurance under an Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), a Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE), or an Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) can purchase Extended Security Updates annually for three years after End of Support date. Customers can purchase Extended Security Updates only for the servers they need to cover. Extended Security Updates can be purchased directly from Microsoft or a Microsoft licensing partner. Customers cannot purchase Extended Security Updates outside of these programs.

  • Yes, customers must have active Software Assurance (or equivalent Subscription Licenses) for CALs and External Connector Licenses permitting access to Servers with active Extended Security Updates coverage. However, Extended Security Updates coverage is neither required nor available for CALs or External Connector Licenses.

  • The Enterprise and Standard editions of SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and the Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard editions of Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are eligible for Extended Security Updates, for both x86 and x64 versions.

  • In Azure: Customers can begin migrating workloads to Azure Virtual Machines immediately and apply regular security updates until the End of Support date, at which time Extended Security Updates will become available, ensuring continuous coverage.

    On-premises or hosted environments: Extended Security Updates are now available for purchase, and can be ordered from Microsoft or a Microsoft licensing partner. The delivery of Extended Security Updates will begin after the End of Support dates, if and when available.

  • For SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2: Extended Security Updates include provision of Security Updates and Bulletins rated “critical” for a maximum of three years after July 9, 2019.

  • For Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2: Extended Security Updates include provision of Security Updates and Bulletins rated “critical” and “important,” for a maximum of three years after January 14, 2020.

  • Extended Security Updates will be distributed if and when available. Extended Security Updates do not include technical support, but you may use other Microsoft support plans to get assistance on your Server 2008 and 2008 R2 questions on workloads covered by Extended Security Updates.

  • Extended Security Updates do not include new features, customer-requested non-security hotfixes, or design change requests. However, Microsoft may include non-security fixes as deemed necessary.

  • There is no retroactive effect for any update that the engineering teams declined in the past.

  • For more information on what is considered “critical” or “important,” please visit the MSRC site.

  • For End of Support events in the past, SQL Server provided only Critical Security Updates, which meets the compliance criteria of our enterprise customers. SQL Server does not ship a general monthly security update. Microsoft only provides on-demand SQL Server security updates (GDRs) for MSRC bulletins where SQL Server is identified as an affected product.

  • If there are situations where new SQL Server important updates will not be provided and it is deemed critical by the customer but not by MSRC, we will work with the customer on a case-by-case basis to suggest appropriate mitigation.

  • Software Assurance customers can purchase Extended Security Updates on-premises under an Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), a Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE), or an Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES). Software Assurance does not need to be on the same enrollment.

  • No, customers can choose to cover as many 2008 on-premises servers with Software Assurance as they need for Extended Security Updates.

    In Azure: Customers running Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in an Azure Virtual Machine will get Extended Security Updates for no additional charges above the cost of running the virtual machine. Customers moving to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS) do not need Extended Security Updates, as this is a fully managed solution, and is always updated and patched by Microsoft.

    On-premises: Customers with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses can purchase Extended Security Updates for approximately 75% of the on-premises license cost annually. Pricing is available on published price lists. Contact your Microsoft partner or account team for more details.

    Hosted environments: Customers who license Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 through an authorized SPLA hoster will need to separately purchase Extended Security Updates under an Enterprise or Server and Cloud Enrollment either directly from Microsoft for approximately 75% of the full on-premises license cost annually or from their Microsoft reseller for use in the hosted environment. The price of Extended Security Updates acquired through Microsoft resellers is set by the reseller. Pricing for Windows Server Extended Security Updates is based on Windows Server Standard per core pricing, based on the number of virtual cores in the hosted virtual machine, and subject to a minimum of 16 licenses per instance. Pricing for SQL Server Extended Security Updates is based on SQL Server per core pricing, based on the number of virtual cores in the hosted virtual machine, and subject to a minimum of 4 licenses per instance. Software Assurance is not required. Contact your Microsoft reseller or account team for more details.

    The price of Extended Security Updates will be calculated based on the number of cores licensed for a customer's on-premises environment. If they licensed 8 cores for SQL Server on-premises and use Software Assurance benefits to have a secondary passive server of 8 cores, that customer will purchase Extended Security Updates based on the 8 cores for SQL Server. Customers can then apply updates to their licensed virtual machined, including the secondary passive server.

    No. Customers cannot buy Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 R2 Express or Developer Edition. However, they can move their workloads to Azure and get the Extended Security Updates for no additional charges above the cost of using the Azure service. Also, customers who have Extended Security Updates for SQL Server production workloads are permitted to apply updates to their servers running SQL Server Developer Edition solely for development and test purposes.

    Customers with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses for their servers are eligible to purchase Extended Security Updates on-premises through an EA, EAS, SCE, or EES.

    Customers can choose which servers to be covered.

    Customers with Software Assurance through other enrollments (e.g. Open, Select, MPSA) can use Extended Security Updates purchased through EA, EAS, SCE, or EES.

    Prices will remain the same for years 1, 2, and 3.

    Pricing for Extended Security Updates will follow the current license model for the server. For example, Windows Server is licensed by core and is required for all physical cores on each server.

    Extended Security Updates pricing is approximately 75% (annually) of the EA or SCE license prices of the latest version of SQL Server or Windows Server. Consult the published price lists or your reseller for actual prices.

    Coverage will be available in three consecutive 12-month increments following End of Support.

    Customers cannot buy partial periods (e.g. only 6 months). The customer’s EA renewal does not need to align to the Extended Security Update annual period. EA and ESU must overlap for at least one month at the beginning of each year of Extended Security Updates coverage.

    Customers must have active Software Assurance coverage or subscription licenses for at least one month at the start of each coverage period in order to be eligible for Extended Security Updates in that period. For example, customers must have Software Assurance coverage for SQL Server during the month of July 2019 in order to be eligible for Extended Security Updates for SQL Server during the first year of Extended Security Updates coverage.

    If customers purchase Extended Security Updates while Software Assurance is active, but Software Assurance lapses before the Extended Security Update coverage period begins, customers will not be able to receive updates.

    Extended Security Updates are available annually, for a fixed 12-month period. If a customer purchases Extended Security Updates in month 10 of the 12-month period, that customer would still need to purchase the full 12 months.

    Customers must have purchased coverage for year 1 of Extended Security Updates in order to buy year 2, and coverage in year 2 in order to buy year 3. Customers may buy coverage for previous years at the same time they buy coverage for a current period. It is not necessary to buy a certain period of coverage within that coverage period.

    Premier Support is not a base requirement, but an additional support contract is recommended if technical support will be required.

    Customers cannot license individual Windows Server virtual machines. They must license the full physical server. Licensing requirements for Extended Security Updates on-premises align to the licensing requirements for the underlying Software Assurance coverage or subscription. Customers will only need to know their Windows Server license position for a given server, to know how many Extended Security Update licenses they need.

    Customers who have covered all the underlying cores of the physical server with Windows Server Datacenter licenses should buy Extended Security Updates for the number of physical cores, irrespective of the number of VMs running on that physical server.

    Customers who have covered all the underlying cores of the physical server with Windows Server Standard licenses should buy Extended Security Updates for the number of physical cores, but will only be licensed to run and update two virtual machines on the server. Customers who wish to run and update more than two virtual machines on a server licensed with Windows Server Standard must re-license all of the physical cores on the server with both Windows Server Standard and Extended Security Updates for each additional pair of virtual machines.

    Yes, customers need to run SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with the latest Service Pack to apply Extended Security Updates. Microsoft will only produce updates which can be applied on the latest Service Pack. Here are the links to the latest service packs:

    Software Assurance or an equivalent Server Subscription is required for customers to purchase Extended Security Updates on-premises.

    On Azure, customers do not need Software Assurance to get free Extended Security Updates, but Software Assurance or Server Subscription is required to take advantage of the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

    There is no deadline for migration of the Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 workloads to Azure. However, we recommend customers complete migration before the End of Support date (July 9, 2019 for SQL Server and January 14, 2020 for Windows Server) so that they do not miss any Extended Security Updates. If customers miss a year of Extended Security Updates coverage, they may buy coverage for previous years at the same time they buy coverage for a current period.

    No. For these older versions, we recommend upgrading to the most current versions, but customers could upgrade to 2008 or 2008 R2 versions to take advantage of this offer.

    No, but customers can use an active support contract such as Software Assurance or Premier/Unified Support on the relevant on-premises product(s) to get technical support if they choose to stay on-premises. Alternatively, if hosting on Azure, customers can use an Azure Support plan to get technical support.

    No. If a customer has SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 and chooses to remain on-premises during a migration without Extended Security Updates, they cannot log a support ticket, even if they have a support plan. If they migrate to Azure, however, they can get support using their Azure Support Plan.

  • When customers have purchased Extended Security Updates and have an existing support plan:

  • Scenario: Customer can open a support ticket
  • Response: Yes

  • Scenario: Support Team will work to troubleshoot customer issue
  • Response: Yes

  • Scenario: Support Team will do a root cause analysis
  • Response: No

  • Scenario: Support Team will file a bug or a Design Change Request (DCR)
  • Response: No*

  • *If the issue is related to a security update, the Support Team will file a bug on the customers behalf to solve the issue.

  • Microsoft is committed to helping customers upgrade or migrate to the cloud, and will provide best effort support to troubleshoot an issue for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 covered under Extended Security Updates after the End of Support dates for those products.

    This program covers only the named product and the components that shipped with it. Unless explicitly stated the scope of this program does not extend to any other products or tools that the customer may be running on or with the covered product.

    No, customers must purchase Extended Security Updates separately. The cost of Extended Security Updates is not included in the price calculation of the Unified Support agreement. However, customers with Unified Support and Extended Security Updates can request technical support for the 2008 or 2008 R2 servers covered by Extended Security Updates. Onsite or proactive support will only be available to a customer if it is part of their Unified Support agreement.

    Yes, organizations which have purchased Extended Security Updates can submit support incidents using any Microsoft Support offering, including Unified and Premier Support. Microsoft Partners are also able to submit tickets on behalf of their customers as long as the customer has purchased Extended Security Updates, though Partners will need a support agreement in place to do so.

    If an investigation determines that resolution requires product enhancement available in a recent release, then a request will be made to the customer to upgrade to a more recent release where the capability is already available. No new product enhancements will be made for SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 releases.

    Yes, customers can start a new 2008 or 2008 R2 instance on Azure and have access to Extended Security Updates.

    For customers who do not have Software Assurance, the alternative option to get access to Extended Security Updates is to migrate to Azure.

    For variable workloads, we recommend that customers migrate on Azure via Pay-As-You-Go, which allows for scaling up or down at any time.

    For predictable workloads, we recommend that customers migrate to Azure via Server Subscription and Reserved Instances.

    Customers who need to stay on-premises can purchase Extended Security Updates when they have an active Server Subscription via EAS or EES, or Licenses and Software Assurance through EA or SCE.

    Customers who purchase Extended Security Updates for production servers may also apply those security updates to servers licensed under Visual Studio (MSDN) subscriptions at no additional cost. There is no limit to the number of MSDN servers a customer can cover. If they purchase Extended Security Updates for a production server, those updates can be applied to any number of MSDN servers.

    Yes. Premium Assurance is no longer available, but we will honor the terms of Premium Assurance for customers who already purchased it.

Extended Security Updates on Azure and cloud/hosting environments

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    Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will be offered on Azure Virtual Machines at no additional charge above the cost of the virtual machine. For customers that migrate workloads to Azure Virtual Machines, we will offer Security Updates and Bulletins rated "Critical" and "Important" for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, and those rated “Critical” for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

    Yes, customers need to have Software Assurance to take advantage of the BYOL program for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines as part of the License Mobility program. For customers without Software Assurance, we recommend customers move to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance for their 2008 environments.

    Software Assurance customers who license SQL by core also have the option of migrating to Azure using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a service in Azure providing nearly 100% compatibility with SQL Server on-premises. Managed Instance provides built-in high availability/disaster recovery capabilities plus intelligent performance features and the ability to scale on the fly. Managed Instance also provides a version-less experience that takes away the need for manual security patching and upgrades.

    See the Azure pricing guidance page for more information on the BYOL program.

    Customers can move legacy SQL Server environments to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, a fully-managed data platform service (PaaS) that offers a "version-free" option to eliminate concerns with End of Support dates, or to Azure Virtual Machines to have access to Security Updates. Extended Security Updates will be available for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in Azure Virtual Machines after the End of Support date of July 9th, 2019, for the next three years. For customers looking to upgrade from SQL Server 2008 and 2008R2, all subsequent versions of SQL Server will be supported. For SQL Server 2012 through 2016, customers are required to be on the latest supported Service Pack. Starting with SQL Server 2017, customers are advised to be on the latest Cumulative Update. Note that Service Packs will not be available starting with SQL Server 2017, only Cumulative Updates and General Distribution Releases (GDRs).

    Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is an instance-scoped deployment option in SQL Database that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility and native virtual network (VNET) support, so you can migrate SQL Server databases to Managed Instance without changing apps. It combines the rich SQL Server surface area with the operational and financial benefits of an intelligent, fully managed service. Leverage the new Azure Database Migration Service to move SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with few or no application code changes.

    Yes, customers with active Software Assurance or equivalent Server Subscriptions can leverage the Azure Hybrid Benefit:

  • SQL Server: Customers can leverage existing on-premises license investments for discounted pricing on SQL Server running on Azure SQL Database and Azure Virtual Machines.

  • Windows Server: Customers can leverage existing on-premises license investments to save on Azure Virtual Machines.

    Customers choosing to move to Azure IaaS can combine Azure Hybrid Benefit savings for SQL Server and Windows Server for increased cost savings.

  • Yes, Extended Security Updates will be available on Azure Virtual Machines on Azure Government regions.

  • Yes, customers can migrate SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 to Azure Stack and receive Extended Security Updates for no additional cost after the End of Support dates.

    SQL Server 2008 SP3 and 2008 R2 SP2, and Windows Server 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2 SP1 will be supported on Azure Stack.

    Azure does not currently support shared storage clustering. For advice on how to configure a highly available SQL Server instance on Azure, refer to this guide on SQL Server High Availability.

    Windows Server: Customers that license Windows Server through an authorized SPLA hoster may separately purchase Extended Security Updates under an Enterprise or Server and Cloud Enrollment directly from Microsoft or a Microsoft reseller for use on their hosted instances. Pricing is based on per core pricing, based on the number of virtual cores in the hosted virtual machine, and subject to a minimum of 16 licenses per instance for Windows Server and four for SQL Server. Software Assurance is not required.

    SQL Server: Customers with License Mobility through Software Assurance may also purchase Extended Security Updates from Microsoft to use in virtual machines properly licensed to run in an authorized License Mobility partner’s datacenter. See the Microsoft Licensing site for availability and use rights for the End of Support Offering. Please note, for SQL Server, customers can only use Extended Security Updates on the databases for which they have licensed Extended Security Updates. Customers cannot apply them to non-covered databases or share them with hosters.

    The following describes pricing for Extended Security Updates in various hosted scenarios.

  • On-premises
  • Pricing: 75% of full license price annually, no minimum core requirement
  • SA or subscription required?: Required for covered licenses

  • Azure
  • Pricing: Cost included in standard VM rate
  • SA or subscription required?: Not required, although SA provides Azure Hybrid Benefit

  • Hosted environment —Windows Server
  • Pricing: 75% of full license price annually, minimum 16 cores/instance
  • SA or subscription required?: 75% of full license price annually, minimum 16 cores/instance

  • Hosted environment —SQL
  • Pricing: 75% of full license price annually, 4 core minimum purchase requirement
  • SA or subscription required?: Not required when licenses purchased from hoster, required for License Mobility

    The Extended Security Updates offer does not include technical support. Customers can use existing support agreements for questions.

  • Customers cannot leverage Extended Security Updates if they move their SQL Server 2008 environment to a PaaS implementation on other cloud offerings.

    If customers are looking to move to virtual machines (IaaS), they can leverage License Mobility for SQL Server via Software Assurance to make the move, and purchase Extended Security Updates from Microsoft to manually apply patches to the SQL Server 2008 instances running in a VM (IaaS) on an authorized SPLA hoster’s server. However, free updates in Azure is the more attractive offer.

Product and implementation questions

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  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 instance running on-premises: Delivery of Extended Security Updates for Windows Server is nothing different than what customers have been doing for the last decade for security patches. They are Security updates only, and they are released every Patch Tuesday. Customers can install them using whatever tools and processes they are using today. The only difference is that the system must be unlocked for the updates to install.

  • On-premises customers that purchase Extended Security Updates will receive an add-on Multiple Activation Key (MAK) through the volume licensing portal (VLSC). Customers can deploy the new MAK key and any pre-requisite servicing stack updates to the applicable machines, then continue with their current update/servicing strategy to deploy Extended Security Updates through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), or whatever patch management solution the customer prefers. This is also the process that customers will need to follow for Azure Stack.

  • Please note, because support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 does not end until Jan. 14, 2020, MAK keys cannot be activated until Fall 2019 for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, and further instructions will be available at that time. Installing MAK keys add the ability to receive Extended Security Updates. They do not replace the current product activation key (e.g. OEM, KMS), nor do they re-activate the system.

  • Microsoft will provide Extended Security Updates only if and when available.

  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 instance running on Azure Virtual Machines: Azure will automatically detect the 2008 and 2008 R2 VM that is running on Azure and enable Extended Security Updates to be downloaded and installed using Windows Update or whatever patch management solution the customer is using. Pre-patched Windows Server 2008 R2 images will also be available from the Azure gallery.

  • SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 running on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on Azure Virtual Machines: Customers will receive updates automatically through existing SQL Server update channels.

  • SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 running on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on-premises: Customers that buy Extended Security Updates will be able to download the update from a private website to deploy to their on-premises environment. This is also the process that customers will need to follow for Azure Stack.

  • Customers may use their preferred tools for software and hardware inventory. Find links to inventory tools from Microsoft and our partners on the Azure migration assessment site.

  • Customers can migrate workloads from a VMware-based virtual machine on-premises to Azure Virtual Machines using Azure Site Recovery or use many partner tools. Another option is the new VMware on Azure solution, for a dedicated hosting experience.

    Apps running with or on SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 can generally be rehosted to Azure with no application code change. Customers that are ready to upgrade, either in Azure or on-premises, can review the Azure Marketplace Catalog, as well as consult with their software vendor to find the matrix of supported apps on all the Windows Server and SQL Server versions.

    Customers should assess their application infrastructure before migrating any server applications. They can learn more about the recommended process in the Azure Migration Center where you will learn how to leverage services like Azure Migrate to complete a readiness assessment including a cost estimate to run the application infrastructure in Azure. For further questions, work with your Microsoft partner, Microsoft Services, or your Account team to evaluate application readiness.

  • Customers can find links to upgrade guidance at our End of Support Resource Center or in our Windows Server upgrade documentation.

  • Customers can find links to upgrade guidance at our End of Support Resource Center and in the Database Migration Guide.

    SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 are supported on Windows Server 2019. Earlier versions (SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014) are not. Find additional details on the Windows Server 2019 App Compatibility Docs page.

  • Azure Site Recovery can migrate these VMs to Azure but will convert them to an Azure IaaS Gen-1 virtual machine. Gen-2 is not supported at this time.

    For advice on how to optimize SQL Server performance on Azure Virtual Machines, refer to this guide on SQL Server performance.

  • For Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, the following System Center versions are supported:

  • Product: SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) Server
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes*
  • System Center 2016: No
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) (Agent Monitoring only)
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: Yes
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) Server
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: No
  • System Center 2016: No
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: VMM (Virtual Machine Manager) Agent
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes*
  • System Center 2016: No
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: Orchestrator
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: No
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: Service Manager
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: No
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: DPM (Data Protection Manager) Server
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: No
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: DPM (Data Protection Manager) Agent
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: Yes
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Product: ConfigMgr (System Center Configuration Manager)
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: No
  • System Center 2016/2019 LTSB: No
  • System Center Current Branch: No

  • *Windows Server 2008 R2 only

  • The SQL Management Pack for SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) can be used to monitor SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 instances. Customers can also use DPM (Data Protection Manager) to back up SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 instances. The following System Center versions are supported for these purposes:

  • Component: SCOM (System Center Operations Manager)
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: Yes
  • System Center 2019: No

  • Component: DPM (Data Protection Manager)
  • System Center 2012 and 2012 R2: Yes
  • System Center 2016: Yes
  • System Center 2019: No

    There are several layers of enterprise protection in a Defense in Depth strategy. As such, AppLocker or similar solutions are different layers of protection. They are not a replacement for product security fixes. Additionally, some industry verticals require vendor support to maintain compliance. Extended Security Updates can add up to three extra years to the standard 10-year lifecycle of SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, maintaining compliance status for that duration.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Windows Server

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    The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server lets customers use their existing licenses to save on Azure Virtual Machine rates. Customers with Software Assurance can use the Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay a reduced base rate on SQL Database vCore-based options (i.e. Managed Instance, vCore-based Single Database, vCore-based Elastic Pool), SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). You may apply this benefit even if the SKU is active but note the base rate will be applied from the time you select it in the portal. No credit will be issued retroactively.

    The Azure Hybrid Benefit lets customers use existing Windows Server licenses to save on Azure Virtual Machine rates. You can use the benefit with Windows Server Datacenter and Standard edition licenses covered with Software Assurance or Windows Server Subscriptions.

    Today, we offer SQL Server customers with Software Assurance license mobility benefits which allows re-assignment of their licenses to third party shared servers. This benefit can be used on unmanaged offerings in the cloud (i.e., VM/hosted), and the customer must bring their own media, and fill out all the compliance forms with the third-party cloud providers. Customers only get one core in the cloud for every core they own on-premises, and can only run in their specified edition, i.e. Standard can only run in Standard Edition in the cloud.

    Azure Hybrid Benefit allows for:

  • Moving your licenses to a fully managed PaaS product. We are the only cloud that has this. AWS RDS license mobility is now prohibited.
  • 180 days of dual use rights on-premises and in the cloud.
  • No requirement for submission of licensing compliance papers, just a check box in the portal.

    For customers that want a hosted solution, they should combine Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server + Azure Hybrid Benefit for WS for the best savings - you can only do this on Azure.

    Yes, Software Assurance is required for License Mobility.

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