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Windows Server 2012 Reaching End-of-Life October 2023

September 19, 2022
Windows Server 2012 Reaching End-of-Life October 2023

It's time to say goodbye to Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 and start planning for its retirement.

On October 10th, 2023, Microsoft will stop supporting the operating system's patch and security updates, exposing any business still running this system to significant security risks and technical issues that could lead to serious downtime. And since the lifespan of Microsoft's products are highly publicized, cyber criminals will be aware of their end-of-life dates, making them susceptible to immediate cyber attacks.

Reasons why an unsupported operating system puts your business at serious risk

While your server will technically still work with an unsupported operating system, it also means:

  • You will not have manufacturer support for issues that arise that are out of your IT team's scope (meaning you will HAVE to change in the moment and will experience critical downtime when you do)
  • You could be out of compliance, leading to significant fines
  • Your technology won't be able to move forward, stifling growth

But there's no reason to panic. If you partner with us, we can help you decide on the best next step for your business, as well as help you overcome any resource scarcity, price inflation, or delayed lead times you might face.

Windows Server 2012 Replacement Options

Set up a new virtual server
If your hardware has the foundation to do so, you can simply set up a virtual server on the latest operating system, update your applications, and migrate your data.

Buy a new server
Sticking with an on premise server is fine if that is the most suitable option for your business. However, if the physical server is more than 5 years old, it's time to look into buying a new one that is built for a more robust operating system. 

Move to the cloud
Host your servers virtually through Microsoft's Azure. Regardless of core business or size, if an on premise solution isn't required for your industry's compliance requirements, then moving to the cloud makes the most sense. It is more reliable, has greater scope and flexibility, and with Sharepoint, it has the same level of security. 

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