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11 Top Azure Announcements From Microsoft Inspire 2021

CRN breaks down the new Microsoft Azure products, features and services unveiled by the No. 2 cloud computing provider at its annual partner conference.

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Windows Server 2012/R2 And SQL Server 2012 ESUs

Microsoft is extending free extended security updates (ESUs) for Windows Server 2012/R2 and SQL Server 2012 for on-premises customers who want to migrate to and modernize on Azure.

Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 extended support will end October 10, 2023, while SQL Server 2012 extended support ends July 12, 2022. Customers unable to meet those deadlines can protect their apps and data running on those releases for an additional three years if they migrate to Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure and take advantage of the free ESUs on Azure. Customers running those releases on-premises will have the option to purchase ESUs.

Customers can take advantage of Azure-only capabilities and ease operational burden while modernizing Windows Server and SQL Server environments, Bansal said.

“Azure Automanage improves workload performance and uptime through simplified management for Windows Server and Linux VMs,” Bansal said. “Azure VMware Solutions allows customers to migrate quickly while continuing to take advantage of their VMware investments. Azure Virtual Desktop helps customers modernize their Windows Server Remote desktop services-based virtual desktop infrastructure environments. Similarly, SQL Server IaaS Agent extension delivers automated management, patching and backups for SQL Server on Azure VMs.”

Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 three-year ESUs will end Jan. 10, 2023, and July 12, 2022, respectively. Customers requiring more time to migrate and modernize will be able to take advantage of a Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 security update extension for Azure for one additional year, according to Microsoft.


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