Microsoft Products nearing End of Support

 Jul 19, 2019

Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you learn how to migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation – before you migrate. 

The rapid pace of technological innovation is significant. As an IT manager managing this change is your number one priority – especially with regards to ensuring your systems are optimized, secure and able to deliver to the business’ requirements. 

When end of support notifications come through, this means you need to rally the troops. Does the end of support notice affect you, how, when, and what are the alternatives will be the key questions you’ll be asking of them. 

One question we find often gets left until a little later during the process is, so is okay, what additional features or benefits will the alternatives provide. By undertaking a short course as part of your planning phase your team can gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which they can architect or implement new versions or systems. Vendors often provide free assessment tools as part of their training curriculum so that quality control teams and solution architects can identify and monitor potential issues during the migration phase. 

To assist your team in planning for the changes ahead, the below table indicates products reaching end of support from Microsoft. Over time we will continue to update this blog and to communicate each update with our email subscribers and social followers.  If you have any questions or would like to talk to a learning solutions advisor, please call on 1300 794 006 or click here to request a call back

Products we recommend you take note of immediately. 

Windows Server 2008/2012 and SQL Server 2008 and 2014 

If you have business critical systems based on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 you need to act now. Microsoft will or has already ended support for these products. (As a recommendation even if you’re on 2012, or 2014 versions you should already be considering the same). 

What should you do? Download Microsoft's Windows Server Migration Guide and start planning your migration approach now. Whether you’re looking to upgrade on-premise, in the cloud or by taking a hybrid approach request a call back and talk to the team on how to upskill your team now. 

Key training resources you should consider: 

Windows Server 2016 or 2019 

SQL Server 2016, 2017 or 2019  

Microsoft Azure 

Exchange Server & Office 2010 (all versions) 

On January 14, 2020, Exchange Server 2010 will reach end of support.   

On October 13, 2020, Office 2010 (all versions) will reach end of support.  

If you haven't already begun your migration from Exchange 2010 (and even Exchange 2013) to Office 365 or Exchange 2016, now's the time to start your planning. You can: 

  • Migrate fully to Office 365. Migrate mailboxes using cutover, minimal hybrid, or full hybrid migration, then remove on-premises Exchange servers and Active Directory. 

  • Migrate your Exchange 2010 servers to Exchange 2016 on your on-premises servers. 

What should you do? Download Microsoft’ Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects’ Guide  and start planning your migration approach now. Whether you’re looking to upgrade on-premise, in the cloud or by taking a hybrid approach request a call back and talk to the team on how to upskill your team before you start. 

Key training resources you should consider: 

Office 365 Training 

Microsoft 365 Training  

Exchange Server 2016 Training 

SharePoint 2016 Training 

Official Microsoft End of Support Notifications 

As of May 2019 

The following list represents products reaching end of support in the next year. For a comprehensive list of Microsoft products and their lifecycle policy timelines, please search the Microsoft Lifecycle Product Database

Microsoft official End of Support notifications can be found here

Products governed by the Modern Policy reaching end of support: The following products, governed by the Modern Policy, have announced the end of support for 2020. There will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. 

Products governed by the Fixed Policy reaching end of support: The following products, governed by the Fixed Policy, have announced the end of support in 2020. There will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. 

The information on this page is subject to the Microsoft Policy Disclaimer and Change Notice. Return to this site periodically to review any such changes. 

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