Options for Windows Server 2008/2008R2 — support ends on Jan 14, 2020

(for a UW–owned device)

 5 minutes to read | Last updated November 21, 2019

If you administer a Windows Server 2008/2008R2 machine, learn what you need to do by Jan 14, 2020.

Get your questions answered

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I work on a UW-owned device, do I need to worry about updating a server?

Nope. You’re free to go (unless you help manage the IT resources in your area).

Do I need to do anything if my area is a customer of DoIT Departmental Support?

Nope. DoIT Departmental Support will handle the upgrade.

What if my area is not a customer of DoIT Departmental Support?

Your IT group can consider the following options:

  • Replace Windows servers with a Software as a Service (SaaS) alternative.
    These vary widely from use case to use case, but you can find out more information here: . You can also request a consultation with the campus cloud team at cloud-services@cio.wisc.edu.
  • Migrate Windows servers to cloud services like Azure or AWS.
  • If there are no other viable options, departments that must continue running Windows Server 2008/2008R2 can purchase extended Microsoft support. Windows Server licenses must have and maintain software assurance to use Extended Security Updates. Extended Security Updates can be purchased from the Software Order Form.

Where can IT groups get answers to questions about Windows Server 2008/2008R2 end of life products?

If you’re an IT administrator for your area, please direct your questions to: eol@office365.wisc.edu

Have other questions?