CX Spotlight - Windows Server & SQL Server Upgrades

Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 platforms have reached the end of support. Trew wants to make sure that you’re making plans to upgrade and understand your options so that you do not experience any interruption in service.


What does “unsupportable” mean?



Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 will no longer receive security patches, non-security updates, bug fixes, or technical support, which could open up your operation to vulnerabilities. If you opt not to upgrade to a supportable platform and an event occurs, you could experience extended downtime. 


What are the options?


Windows Operating System Upgrade Options

SQL Server Upgrade Options

Recommendation: Upgrade to Windows Server 2022 Recommendation: Upgrade to MS SQL Server 2019
  • All version of Windows Server 2012 are now retired.
  • Upgrade to Windows Server 2022 provides supportable platform thru 2031.
  • Organizations can upgrade to Windows Server 2022 now and it will make future updates easier.
  • Windows Server 2022 provides a wide range of new features, performance improvements, and design changes.
  • Upgrade to SQL Server 2019 provides a supportable platform thru 2029 based on Microsoft’s 10-year supportability practice.
    • Ensures your database environment is protected by regular security patches by Microsoft to protect against hackers, malware, and denial of service (DoS/DDoS) attacks.
  • Organizations can continue to use SQL Server 2012 and get critical security patches only, offered via Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates Program for up to three years
    • This option is pricey and increases year-over-year, up to 125% of the price of the full SQL Server license by year 3


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