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Windows Server 2012/R2 reaches end of support



Today, October 10th, 2023, Windows Server 2012/R2 reaches end of support. After the end of support date, Windows Server 2012/R2 workloads will be vulnerable as they will no longer receive regular security updates. Organizations can remain protected by: 1. Modernizing to a [PaaS platform]( such as [Azure SQL Managed Instance]( or [Azure App Service]( to always stay up-to-date, or upgrading to the latest version in Azure. With a PaaS platform, customers can fully offload management tasks in the cloud, so teams can focus on delivering innovative apps and experiences for their businesses. 2. Migrating to Azure for free [Extended Security Updates]( This includes options such as [Azure Virtual Machines](, [Azure Dedicated Host](, [Azure VMware Solution](, and [Azure Stack HCI]( Combining this with [Azure Hybrid Benefit]( and consumption models such as [reserved instances]( or [savings plan for compute]( allows even more savings in Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. 3. Purchasing [Extended Security Updates enabled by Azure Arc]( to remain protected on premises and in multi cloud environments. * Security