End of Support for SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

SQL Server 2012 reached end of support on July 12, 2022, and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 reaches end of support on October 10, 2023. Learn about your options and how to stay protected and compliant with Microsoft.

Why modernize with Microsoft

While the latest releases of Windows Server and SQL Server bring more innovations, support to older versions along with security updates eventually ends. Fortunately, you can stay secure and modernize your IT estate with Microsoft on your terms.

Migrate and innovate

Get access to unparalleled innovation for SQL Server and Windows Server workloads on Azure, including Azure SQL Managed Instance, a fully managed PaaS service for SQL Server databases. You can also upgrade to SQL Server 2022 or Windows Server 2022.

Extend security updates

Stay covered with three additional years of Extended Security Updates. The Extended Security Updates offer is free of charge only in Azure and can be purchased for on-premises deployments.

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.

Get assistance

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 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.

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.

Begin today

Azure Migrate

Ready to start now? Discover, assess, and migrate your on-premises datacenter.

Azure Migration and Modernization Program

Get the right mix of expert help you need to set up your cloud environment and move forward with confidence.

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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 end. SQL Server 2012 end of support.

Jan 10, 2023

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates come to an end.

Oct 10, 2023

The end of support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.

Jan 09, 2024

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates on Azure come to an end.[1]

Explore Resources

Azure Migration & Modernization Center

Resources including tools and guidance to help you move, manage, and secure all your workloads.

Azure Free Account

Try Windows Server and SQL Server in the cloud with an Azure free account.

End of Support On-Demand Webinar

Plan for Windows Server and SQL Server 2012 End of Support with this on-demand webinar.

Data Exposed: Migrate SQL Server to Azure

Join Bob Ward and Anna Hoffman for tips and tricks to migrate to Azure SQL.

Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2022

Learn about all that is new in the latest version of Windows Server.

Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure

Learn how to bring your Windows Server workloads to Azure.

  1. One additional year of Extended Security Updates is available only on Azure (including Azure VMs, Azure Stack HCI, and Azure VMware Solution).