Windows Server 2008 End of Life

All Microsoft support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 will end on 14 January 2020. Support for SQL Server 2008 R2 ends on 9 July 2019.

This means that security patches and updates will no longer be implemented, leaving Windows 7 workstations and these servers vulnerable to security breaches. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on 13 January 2015, but extended support is now ending too.

Worse still, you may find it impossible to guarantee protection against hackers and malware. Without these updates you face the threat of losing precious data because of potential weaknesses in your environment - putting both your reputation and your business at risk.

By modernizing your infrastructure, you equip your business for the most advanced security and performance.

Right now, all the above operating systems are still covered by extended support until January 2020 (SQL until July 2019), meaning that although Microsoft will not be adding any new features, they will continue to patch any security threats. However, we strongly recommend upgrading workstations and servers before the January 2020 deadline- and to start thinking of upgrading now to avoid the deadline rush. Updating an IT infrastructure is a large task, and the deadline will be here before you know it.

Many clients have chosen to start the upgrade process now or include these upgrades in their 2019 IT budget. Due to the sheer number of businesses we provide IT services to, we are putting a deadline on signed proposals, to ensure we all make the deadline. This date is 30 September 2019. Installation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Line of business software will need to be evaluated for upgraded operating system compatibility.

Not sure if your business is affected by this deadline? Paradise Computing can investigate your server for you and determine its end of life date or if it will be affected by the 2020 end of support date. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call today on 01604 655900 or email

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