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Microsoft end of Support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Small Business Server (SBS) 2011

Microsoft end of Support

From 14th January 2020 Microsoft are ending support for the following products:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Small Business Server (SBS) 2011

With end of support for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 and Windows 7 OS fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about modernizing your infrastructure.

Extended Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, Windows SBS and Windows 7 OS Ends January 14, 2020

The term ‘end of support’, whether desktop or server operating system, means that no more security patches or updates are going to be released by the operating system provider.

After 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer release security updates for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 and Windows 7 OS. As your devices will be accessing the internet (for things like email, remote access and VPNs etc), this may expose you to security attacks or compliance risks with industry regulations such as GDPR.

Each business is different and there are many things to consider when migrating from Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 or Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011. If you are running any servers with these operating systems, we recommend that you contact us to arrange a free consultation to discuss your requirements.

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

What Should I Do?

Each business is different and there are many things to consider when migrating from Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 or Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011. If you are running any servers with these operating systems, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements.

Things to consider when planning a server migration:

  • Hardware
  • Email
  • Legacy Apps
  • Licensing
  • Compliance

In regards to Windows 7 OS we recommend that, to avoid any potential issues, you replace all Windows 7 PCs and laptops that are on your network and have access to the internet, ahead of the end of support date of 14th January 2020. Contact us to discuss your options or to obtain a quote.

For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by Windows Server and SQL Server, Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 and Windows 7 OS end of support, contact us on 01455 247 830 (press 2 for sales) or email hello@it3000.co.uk.