SQL Server and windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will be soon out of Mainstream Support. Which means customers need to migrate to newer version of SQL Server or Windows Server or buy Extended Support to get support, security updates and fixes. Buying Extended Support is not cheap. Customers with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses can purchase Extended Security Updates annually for 75 percent of the full license cost of the latest version of SQL Server or Windows Server. A lot of customer should start migrating to newer versions of these products to avoid these extra costs.

However, in mid-2018 Microsoft announced a new option for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support .Customers running 2008 or 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure virtual machines will get Extended Security Updates for free. This will give customers some extra time to migrate to newer versions of SQL Server and Windows Server. Or even better, to Azure PaaS and serverless computing like Azure Functions.

The great thing about this, is that you can also combine this with your Azure Hybrid benefits , to use your SQL Server and Windows Server on Azure with your on-premise licenses.

Extended Security Updates on Azure Stack

If you are thinking to migrate to the cloud, this new option will bring down costs for you. However, not everyone is fully ready to move all their servers to the public cloud. You might still need or want to run some servers on-premise in your datacenter. This will leave you with buying Extended Support or what a lot of people don’t know, you can also run your SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 onAzure Stack and get Extended Security Updates for free, since it is basically Azure!

This is great, especially since Azure Stack also comes with great IaaS capabilities . And if you are thinking about using Azure in the mid-term, Azure Stack provides you with Azure capabilities, but still allows you to stay in your own datacenter.


Extended Security Updates for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on  ...

You can also leverage the Azure Hybrid benefit on Azure Stack as you can on Azure.

What is the price for Extended Security Updates? In Azure: Customers running 2008 or 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure virtual machines will get Extended Security Updates for free. On-premises: Customers with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses can purchase Extended Security Updates annually for 75 percent of the full license cost of the latest version of SQL Server or Windows Server. Customers pay for only the servers they need to cover, so they can reduce costs each year as they upgrade parts of their environment. On-premises on Azure Stack: Customers running 2008 or 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure virtual machines on Azure Stack will get Extended Security Updates for free.

What versions of SQL Server and Windows Server will have access to Extended Security Updates in Azure Stack?

SQL Server 2008 SP3 and 2008 R2 SP2, and Windows Server 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2 SP1 will be supported on Azure Stack.

Links Learn more at the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy page. Also check out the: Extended_Security_Updates_for_Windows_Server_2008_and_SQL_Server_2008_End_of_Service_FAQ.pdf Extended Security Updates frequently asked questions Final Thoughts

I think this makes Azure and Azure Stack the cheapest way to run your Windows Server 2008 servers. Of course this is depending if you are planning to move to the cloud. If you have no plans to move to the cloud, just buying Azure Stack might be not the right decision. You might just need to migrate or buy extended support. In the long-term you should plan to migrate to newer versions of SQL Server andWindows Server, or even start to leverage SQL as a Service on Azure.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer:

I am not a licensing specialist. If you are need to think about licensing anyway, before you buy anything, contact your licensing specialist.

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