Extend security updates
Stay covered with three additional years of Extended Security Updates. Extended Security Updates are free of charge only in Azure or can be purchased and seamlessly deployed on-premises through Azure Arc.
Maintain technical support
Use existing Microsoft support agreements, such as Software Assurance, Unified Support, or Premier Support to get technical support for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 with Extended Security Updates.
Microsoft has unique resources to help you migrate and modernize with confidence. Azure Migration and Modernization Program provides expert help with assistance from Microsoft and qualified partners. Microsoft also has free tools to help you start faster, including Azure Migrate for discovery, assessment, and migration.
Migration and Modernization Options
Learn about your options and how to save on continued support for your SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 workloads.
Move to Azure
Get free Extended Security Updates for three years after end of support in Azure, which includes destinations such as Azure Stack HCI and Azure VMware Solution to migrate on your own terms. Combine this with Azure Hybrid Benefit to save big on Azure by using existing on-premises SQL Server and Windows Server licenses.
Delay your move
If you have Software Assurance or subscription licenses you can buy Extended Security Updates to get three more years of security updates. Take advantage of Azure benefits and billing when you purchase and seamlessly deploy Extended Security Updates on-premises through Azure Arc. Reach out to your Microsoft Seller for more information.
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What dates do I need to keep in mind?
July 12, 2022
SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates ended. SQL Server 2012 end of support.
Jan 10, 2023
Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates ended.
Oct 10, 2023
The end of support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
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