Why is it happening?

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 was the fifth version of the Windows Server operating system. Launched in September 2012, it was quickly succeeded by Windows Server 2012 R2 in October 2013.

All Microsoft products and packages abide by a specific lifecycle policy. At the end of their lifecycle, Microsoft discontinues support and security updates for these products. These end-of-life dates are predetermined from the day of product launch, hence setting clear expectations from the beginning.

The termination of support implies that Microsoft will cease to support these older versions of server operating systems. Although they will not necessarily stop working, these outdated systems will no longer receive security updates or patches post the cut-off date. This is not advised as it poses a considerable risk to security and compliance standards. It may also escalate your chances of data loss and other overall performance issues.

Several options include upgrading to a more current operating system or migrating your data to the Cloud.

Fortunately, Microsoft has already announced a replacement for Windows Server 2012, which is Windows Server 2022. Besides lower operating costs, Windows Server 2022 provides simplified remote working, advanced analytics, and enhanced security for modern businesses.

Many businesses have been using Windows Server 2012 for nearly a decade, and the thought of upgrading to a drastically different IT environment might appear daunting.

Here are some tips to facilitate your migration to Windows Server 2022:

  1. Prioritize your business
    It’s vital to understand that continuing to use an outdated operating system exposes your business to significant risks of being hacked or breached. This is because the manufacturer no longer offers security patches, software updates, or technical support. By upgrading to a modern operating system like Windows Server 2022, you can take advantage of the most recent updates, security enhancements, and features available.

    Microsoft suggests upgrading to the newest versions for better security, performance, and innovation.
  1. Review your existing hardware and its compatibility with the new operating system
    When it comes to operating systems, newer versions often require more memory and processing power to function efficiently. This can present a challenge for older servers struggling to keep pace with the latest technology.

    It’s essential to evaluate your hardware’s capability before installing a new operating system. Overlooking your existing resources while doing this could lead to software and server failures, and data loss, and hinder your team from performing their tasks. Therefore, this process should be approached professionally to ensure seamless operations.
  1. Are your current packages and software compatible?
    Most businesses depend on various third-party software packages for efficient operation, including accounting, customer relationship management, and design software. These packages are engineered to work with the operating systems available at the time of their launch. However, upgrading your operating system can sometimes cause compatibility issues with these third-party packages.

    To prevent any adverse impacts on your business, it is essential to thoroughly evaluate your software packages before executing any upgrades. Failing to do so could render employees unable to use crucial software applications, severely disrupting daily operations.
  1. Consider current and emerging market options
    The realm of technology is continuously evolving, and the array of server replacement options is extensive, contingent on your specific needs and software packages. These choices include cloud, onsite, or hybrid servers. To ensure that you select the most suitable server for your needs, we highly recommend consulting with one of the Britannia team for a comprehensive assessment.

  2. What is your budget?
    While upgrading to new server hardware or operating systems, it’s crucial to account for the budget. The project’s cost will depend on the type of upgrade required. By planning and identifying the necessary upgrades, you can ensure you’re ready.

What will happen if I still use Windows Server 2012 R2 after 10th October 2023? 

This can leave your server and network vulnerable to security threats and vulnerabilities and any compatibility issues with newer software and hardware.

It can be tempting to keep your business running on outdated operating systems. After all, they still work, right? The problem is that these systems pose significant security and compliance risks and fail to meet the demands of modern businesses. 

If you are still using Windows Server 2012 R2 after 10 October 2023, the operating system will still work, though Microsoft will no longer support it should any issues arise. 

It’s important to remember that the longer you use an out-of-date operating system, the more likely you are to experience issues. That’s why it’s important to take the right steps to start the transition to Windows Server 2022 as soon as possible. 

When should I upgrade?

October 2023 is fast approaching, however, there is important planning and scoping out to be done before a migration/upgrade can take place. Get in touch with our team to see what the next steps are and what options you have available.

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