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For Windows Server 2008 Stragglers, Microsoft Dangles Extended Security Updates

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To lure organizations as yet utilizing Windows Server 2008 into moving to its cloud, Microsoft is offering a major carrot: Extended Security Updates (ESU) plans at no expense.

Obviously, each carrot is a stick. For this situation, the stick is the looming part of the bargain Windows Server 2008 on Jan. 14, 2020. In particular, Extended Support, which incorporates security refreshes, closes that day for Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Hyper-V Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1.

It’s a wide swath of the market that is still on those server working frameworks. Microsoft as of late evaluated that 60 percent of its server introduced base, or 24 million cases, stay on Windows Server 2008 as well as SQL Server 2008, which dropped out of help a month ago.

The other piece of the stick is that associations that need to remain on Windows Server 2008 for reasons unknown must go into a costly contract for Extended Security Updates (ESU) on the off chance that they need any sort of security assurance, and those are accessible for a long time.

The carrot is that Microsoft is offering another course for clients who would prefer not to, or can’t, get off of Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 immediately. The carrot is a kind of half-move.

What those clients can do is move their cases, as they seem to be, to Azure. Clients who rehost Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 outstanding tasks at hand legitimately to Azure will get three entire long periods of ESU at no extra charge. That gives them the alternative of redesigning from Windows Server 2008 at an all the more lackadaisical pace inside those virtual machines.

They’ll be paying Azure facilitating charges and be in the open cloud, however, they don’t need to pay the ESU, so their current activities can proceed to a great extent as it stands.

It’s a genuine move by Microsoft to make Azure engaging associations that have been at the last part of the cloud appropriation bend.

While appealing, this is just one of the choices for moving from Windows Server 2008 preceding the due date. For more detail on choices for on-premises, half and a half and cloud movements, look at the “Accomplice’s Guide to the Windows Server 2008 Deadline” (enlistment required) at our sister site RCPmag.com.

Abdulsalam Garba

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