Gartner Research

How to Prepare for Windows Server 2008 End of Support

Published: 14 March 2019

ID: G00384052

Analyst(s): Tony Harvey , Mike Cisek


The Windows Server 2008/2008R2 OSs will reach end of support on 14 January 2020. Infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for maintaining and optimizing data center infrastructure will need to develop a strategy now to select the correct options for their Windows Server 2008 installed base.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Catalog Your Servers, Applications and Databases Using WS2008
  • Determine Your Migration Priorities
  • Create Your Migration Strategy
    • Upgrade
    • Cloud: Azure or SaaS
    • Remediate On-Premises Workloads
    • Isolate or Retire

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