Windows Server 2008 EOL?



  • When the heck does this actually go EOL? Does anyone have a link that clearly states it? All I can find are forum threads.

    I've found a thread from "that other forum" that states WS2k8 is officially EOL in 2020, but this Microsoft link shows you need to refer to Service Pack end date... which is only 3 years after it's release. The other columns show as N/A. Obviously it wasn't EOL 3 years later, so the verbiage isn't clearly stating when it actually ends. I'm only concerned with security updates, nothing else.

    The question is going to come up, "why would you support this?!"

    It's a HIPAA client and I have to retain the data for 7 years. I can save the VHD to another server and backup that server, thus backing up the VHD should we ever have an audit in the next 3 years for that data. There is a proprietary DB and a front end installed on that server, which is an old electronic medical records system. I really don't want to just export the DB and try to find the software later when an auditor says "part of retaining data requires you to make it highly available when we ask. That includes available client programs to connect to the database and pull that data as needed."

    The other alternative is just convert it in the next 60 days when they move from Hyper-V to VMware ESXi for an infrastructure upgrade, then keep that VM running. To be clear, this is a dead system; nobody has used it since November and people knew that time was coming for around a year. I'm handing this account off to another engineer and want to just make this as easy as possible for them to hand over information and availability of that data to any HIPAA auditors. Part of that compliance audit is allowing EOL systems access to the network. I just need an EOL date for planning purposes. If my thought is correct, they'd have to cut network access for this system in 2 years, which they would then have to extract data from an offline system in the last year should there be a demand-for-data during that time beyond just a standard annual compliance audit.



  • @bbigford Server 2008 Service pack 2 expires on 1/14/2020 as per below:

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  • @dbeato said in Windows Server 2008 EOL?:

    @bbigford Server 2008 Service pack 2 expires on 1/14/2020 as per below:

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    Hah, sorry. That was just another line in the exact link I posted. I could have scrolled just a tiny bit. Zoomed through to the line I was looking for and overlooked Service Pack 2. Plus, I got off work and had a couple drinks have remained completely sober. 😐



  • @bbigford said in Windows Server 2008 EOL?:

    @dbeato said in Windows Server 2008 EOL?:

    @bbigford Server 2008 Service pack 2 expires on 1/14/2020 as per below:

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    Hah, sorry. That was just another line in the exact link I posted. I could have scrolled just a tiny bit. Zoomed through to the line I was looking for and overlooked Service Pack 2. Plus, I got off work and had a couple drinks. 😐

    All good, hopes it clears it up a bit 🙂



  • I might still have support for two years, but I'm pretty sure "life" ended quite some time ago 😉


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