Windows 7, SQL Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2010: What Does their EOL Mean?

As older products and technologies near their End of Life (EOL), developers are eventually forced to discontinue support in favor of new and/or upgraded software. You may be thinking that since you already know how these platforms work, you are in the clear. However, if you or your business are currently relying on a platform that has lost its developer’s support, you are not only vulnerable to ransomware, but it could also end up costing your business valuable time and money. As of January 14, 2020, two Microsoft technologies reached their end of life: Windows 7 desktop platform and Windows SQL Server 2008 R2Originally released alongside each other in 2009, both systems reached the end of their support meaning there will be no additional security updates on-premises, non-security updates, free support options, or online technical content updates. In addition, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is set to be discontinued on October 13, 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about the products EOL, and what you should be doing to protect yourself and your business: 

Windows 7 

EOL: January 14, 2020

Windows 7, one of the most popular versions of the Windows operating system, is still utilized by many people today even after the release of several newer models over the years. If you’re still using Windows 7, chances are you have been for several yearsand the thought of upgrading may not seem appealing. However, your company could be at risk as Microsoft will no longer be patching any bugs or security holes related to Windows 7. This provides an effective opportunity for users to convert to thin client computers, making strong applications and data much more convenient to access.

Windows SQL Server 2008 R2 

EOL: January 14, 2020

Upgrading your server operating system is an absolute necessity. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as you might think. In order to transition properly, you must build new boxes and completely migrate your data from the old version to the new. While this process might seem like a headache, it can be simplified with the right assistance utilizing a Technology Systems Review (TSR) and upgrade project 

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

EOL: October 13, 2020

Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft’s messaging platform, is also nearing the end of its lifecycle but will continue to be supported until October 13, 2020. Companies still using this version of Microsoft’s mail and calendar server will no longer be provided with technical support, bug fixes, security fixes, or time zone updates. Although Exchange 2010 will continue to run after October 13, it is recommended that you migrate to a newer version of the software if you want to maintain your on-premises servers. If you prefer, you could also remove any on-premise Exchange servers and fully migrate to Office 365. Whichever solution works best for you, it is important to be prepared for the transition so that you are not left in the dust when the support cycle ends.   


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