As we begin the month of October, one of Microsoft’s longest running versions of Windows Server will finally reach the end of official support very soon. Windows Server 2012, and its update Windows Server 2012 R2, when both will reach the end of their life cycle on October 10, 2023.
After that date, these products will no longer receive security updates, security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates.
The original Windows Server 2012, which was based on Windows 8, reached the RTM stage on August 1, 2012, and was officially released to the general public on September 4, 2012. Ironically, Windows Server 2012 would end up lasting much longer than Windows 8, which reached the end of its life in 2016. It even lasted longer than Windows 8.1. Microsoft ended its official support in January 2023.
Microsoft had four different SKUs for Windows Server 2012. Essentials was the cheapest at $425, followed by Standard at $882, then there was the Datacenter SKU at $4,809. There was another SKU, Foundation, which was for business OEMs and was not It has a public price tag.
Just as Microsoft quickly released Windows 8.1 a year after the launch of Windows 8, it also launched Windows Server 2021 R2 in the same time frame. It was certified gold on August 27, 2013, and officially launched on October 14, 2013.
While official support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 ends in a few days, businesses that still need time to migrate to a more recent version of the server operating system have options. One is that they can access up to three years of extended security updates on Microsoft’s Azure cloud services.
Businesses that need on-site access to Windows Server 2012 can also get Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for three years, until October 13, 2026, but that will cost an undisclosed amount of money. Finally, businesses can simply update to the latest version of the operating system, Windows Server 2022, which launched in September 2022.