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Microsoft to End Support for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 in October 2023

Some time ago, Microsoft announced that it was to discontinue support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. This applies to all editions, so the Datacenter, Essentials, External Connector, for Embedded Systems, Foundation, and Standard editions are all affected.

Support will officially end on 10 October 2023. As of this date, Microsoft will no longer be providing any security updates, bug fixes or technical support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Only through the Extended Security Update scheme will it be possible for clients to purchase a further three years of support (up to 13 October 2026). However, customers who opt to migrate to Microsoft Azure in the cloud will receive free support via the Extended Security Updates program. Clients are being advised to switch to a more modern operating system, such as Windows Server 2022.