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Five ways Windows Server 2012 reaching end of support will impact your SAM strategy

13 July 2023

Michaela Gray


Extended support for Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 will be ending on October 10th, 2023. As Microsoft ends regular security updates for this product, it’s important for organizations to take the necessary steps to stay compliant and secure. 



When can I expect a software vendor audit?

Keeping your organization’s software and assets secure and compliant is essential and should be a priority for your organisation.

The easiest way to stay secure your environment is to upgrade to a more recent, supported version of Windows Server. If you cannot upgrade to the next version, you can buy Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 to mitigate any risks associated with end of support. The Extended Security Updates (ESUs) are available for up to three years.

By proactively addressing the challenges below, your organization will maintain a secure and compliant software environment through this transition and beyond.

How does end of support affect my software asset management strategy?

1. Licensing compliance

As an organization, it is crucial to maintain licensing compliance to avoid legal and financial risks. When Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 reaches its end of support, organizations can no longer receive regular security updates unless they purchase Extended Security Updates (ESUs). To access ESUs, customers need to have active Software Assurance (SA) or a subscription license. IT teams must ensure that the organization has the necessary licenses and entitlements to continue receiving security updates.

2. Inventory management

IT and software asset management (SAM) teams are responsible for maintaining an accurate inventory of software assets within the organization. With the end of support for Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2, you’ll need to identify all instances of this operating system across the IT infrastructure. This includes both physical and virtual installations.

3. Upgrade planning and budgeting

If you are looking to upgrade to a supported version of Windows Server, you’ll need to collaborate with IT teams, understand your organization’s requirements, evaluate hardware and software compatibility, and estimate the costs involved in upgrading.

4. Vendor management

When Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 reaches its end of support, IT and software asset management teams may need to engage with vendors to understand their licensing policies and options available for upgrading. You must assess the licensing implications and ensure that any new licenses acquired align with the organization’s SAM strategy.

5. Risk management

SAM teams are responsible for mitigating risks associated with software usage, including security risks. With the end of support for Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2, SAM teams must prioritize the migration to a supported version, or upgrade to extended support to address potential security vulnerabilities.

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Michaela has worked within the industry for over 11 years, both within sales and marketing. She works closely with the team to support them with all their marketing needs and maintains and promotes the License Dashboard brand.

Michaela Gray

Microsoft SPLA

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