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Your Guide to Windows Server 2012 End of Support and Beyond

As Microsoft Windows Server 2012 nears its end of support on October 10, 2023, it's crucial for businesses who are running this operating system to start planning for the transition to a newer version of Windows Server. The end of support for Windows Server 2012 means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, which could lead to potential security risks and compliance issues. Therefore, it's vital to start preparing for the end of support to ensure that your business's infrastructure remains secure and compliant.

Here are some steps you can take to prepare for the end of support for Windows Server 2012:

  1. Identify which servers are running Windows Server 2012: Start by identifying which servers in your environment are running Windows Server 2012. This will help you prioritise which servers need to be upgraded first.

  2. Evaluate your options: Evaluate which version of Windows Server will best meet your business needs. Consider factors such as security, compliance, features, and support. You may consider to upgrade to Windows Server 2022, 2019 or 2016, or migrate to the cloud with Azure. Newer versions of Windows Server are designed to take advantage of the latest hardware and software technologies, which can lead to improved performance and efficiency. 

  3. Plan your migration: Develop a detailed migration plan that includes timelines, milestones, and contingencies. Consider the impact on your applications, data, and infrastructure, and develop a testing plan to ensure that everything works as expected.

  4. Upgrade your hardware: If you're planning to upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server, make sure your hardware meets the minimum requirements. You may need to upgrade your servers, storage, and network infrastructure to support the new operating system.

  5. Implement new security measures: Implement new security measures, such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems, to ensure that your new infrastructure is secure.

  6. Train your staff: Make sure your IT staff is trained on the new operating system and any new features that are relevant to your organisation. This will help them manage the migration and support the new environment more effectively.

  7. Consider working with a partner: If you don't have the in-house expertise to manage the migration, consider working with a partner who has experience with Windows Server migration and can provide additional support and guidance.

In summary, the end of support for Windows Server 2012 is a critical milestone for organisations that are still using it. By following these recommendations, you can minimise the risks and ensure a smooth migration to a newer version of Windows Server.

If you have any questions or concerns about the end of support for Windows Server 2012, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you make the transition as smooth as possible. Email us at or fill out the form below for assistance. 

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, End of Life, End of Support, Migration, Upgrade

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