Windows 2012 R2 Server End of Life.


Windows Server 2012 R2 ends on October 10, 2023. Protect your server workloads and know your options to extend on-premise or migrate to cloud.

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Extend Windows 2012 R2 Server

Extend Windows 2012 R2 Server Lifespan and Maximize the Value of Your Microsoft Investments.

Extend the life of your Windows 2012 R2 servers 3-5 years with ESUs and Microsoft third-party support. Maximize the ROI of your highly functional on-premise Win 2012 server fleet by deferring disruptive and expensive migrations.

IT leaders can avoid expensive Microsoft Windows 2012 Server upgrades or migrations by running their existing highly functional systems and avoid long-term lock-in from Microsoft.

Extended Security Updates (ESUs) and Microsoft third-party support give organizations the strategic freedom to extend lifespans of hard-working, stable Microsoft Windows Server implementations and upgrade their Microsoft fleet when it best suits the enterprise.

Extend Win 2012 R2 Server Life

Migrate or Upgrade Windows 2012 Server

Migrate Windows 2012 R2 Server

You can defer and extend, upgrade Windows 2012 R2 servers to Windows 2022 Server and keep them on-premise, or migrate them to the Azure cloud.

Before upgrading or migrating, let’s consider the business consequences. Windows Server upgrades are disruptive and expensive, essentially restarting the ROI counter on your Microsoft investment. Windows server migrations to Azure are equally disruptive but also come with the additional hidden cost of Unified Support.

Don’t upgrade Windows 2012 Server just to stay fully supported. Microsoft Windows Server upgrades used to provide significant, valuable new functionality. Now, instead of looking forward to new features, many Microsoft customers fear the expensive and time-consuming upgrade treadmill — with little perceived new value.

Defer Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server migrations until ROI-ready. Microsoft Windows Server migrations are expensive, disruptive, and typically don’t drive competitive advantage or revenue growth. However, Microsoft is forcing their customers to move from robust, stable systems to new and unproven platforms through forced end of life support deadlines.

Extended Security Updates (ESUs)

ESUs for Windows Server 2012 provide up to three years of security updates. ESUs will continue for three years, renewable on an annual basis, until October 13, 2026.

Eligible customers with Software Assurance under an Enterprise Agreement can purchase Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 running on-premises.

Customers with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses can purchase Extended Security Updates annually for 75 percent of the license cost of the latest version of Windows Server for the first year, 100 percent of the license cost for the second year, and 125 percent of the license cost for the third year.

Extended Security Updates do not include new features, customer-requested non-security hotfixes, or design change requests. However, Microsoft may include non-security fixes as deemed necessary.

For on-premises servers, customers can use Azure Arc to receive automated/scheduled ESU updates and installation as well as the security and governance capabilities in Azure.

Windows 2012 Server ESU Extended Security Updates

Windows 2012 R2 Server End of Life Support

Third-Party Microsoft Support

Third-party Microsoft support helps to reduce fees, preserve future flexibility, and extend the lifespan of current robust Microsoft Windows Server releases without requiring any costly, labor-intensive upgrades or migrations.

Better Microsoft Return on Investment
Don’t change simply for the sake of change — avoid expensive and disruptive Windows Server 2012 upgrades or migrations just to stay supported. Reduce support fees and avoid wasting potentially millions of dollars required to migrate or refresh well-running and stable Windows Server systems to unproven new platforms without a business case or ROI.

Economical, Expert Microsoft Support
Get access to Microsoft Windows Server support experts on the frontlines. Third-Party Microsoft Support offers Designated Support Engineers (DSEs) with an average of 20 years of experience and industry-leading, 24/7/365 response times. DSEs quickly resolve Windows 2012 R2 Server issues and develop fixes that address customizations.

Lower Total Cost of Microsoft Ownership
Free up funds for growth and innovation while lowering your Microsoft TCO. Third-party Microsoft Support clients can take their substantial Microsoft Windows Server support cost savings and invest in new and innovative IT initiatives that create competitive advantage and drive business growth.

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