July this year marks the expiry of the extended support on Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012 product. This just shows you what happens when you blink – 10 years go by! So what does this mean? Well, according to Microsoft’s Fixed Lifecycle Policy this means that:
The ESU is intended as a last resort for customers and it includes critical security updates for up to 3 years once the product reaches the end of its life.
There might be a Get Out of Jail Free card here though. Previously, SQL Server 2008/R2 customers were allowed to move their ‘as is’ workloads to Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) to have free access to Extended Security Updates. The hope is that SQL Server 2012/R2 customers will be afforded the same option.
As you plan for your next steps with regards to these databases, you essentially have three options:
If you are leaning towards the first option, then I would 100% advise a review project as part of this consideration. Where you:
There are great companies like EasySAM out there to perform and assist on such projects and to provide valuable advice moving forward. EasySAM in fact will be releasing some SQL Server Audit specials to support businesses as they approach this milestone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or validation!
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