Don’t Delay Upgrading Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will end on October 10, 2023. After this date, these products will no longer receive updates, bug fixes, or technical support. As the upgrade process often takes upwards of a year, we urge users not to delay the transition further.
Why do I need to upgrade?
- Cybersecurity: The older an operating system gets, the more exploitable it becomes, making it easier for cybercriminals to gain access. Once Microsoft stops supporting a product, an attacker can easily find and download exploits from the internet almost immediately. The lifespan of this operating system is well-publicized, which means cybercriminals are aware of it too.
- Compliance: If your business must meet regulatory compliance standards, such as CMMC or HIPAA, running an unsupported operating system means you’ll fail compliance checks. The minute an operating system is out of support, you’re out of compliance and can experience substantial fines.
- Cyber insurance: Your cyber insurance policy might also stipulate that you must run supported software to qualify for coverage. If a cyberattack happens and you need to file a claim, it may be denied.
Additionally, newer versions like Windows Server 2019 and 2022 offer more features and better performance.
Your options for migrating to the latest operating system include the following:
- Spinning up a new virtual server using existing server hardware
- Buying new server hardware (if needed)
- Moving to the cloud
The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. If you need help planning, scoping, or implementing your Windows Server 2012 migration, give us a call. We’d be happy to help you determine the best next steps for your organization and accomplish your IT goals.
Accent Computer Solutions, Inc.: Windows Server 2012 End-of-Life: What’s Happening, Why it’s Important, and What to Do Next
Microsoft.com: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Reaching End of Support