Microsoft currently support the following Windows Server products:
- Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2019
- Windows Server 2022
Microsoft recently announced that Windows 2022 would be generally available from September 2021. The evaluation version can be downloaded from https://aka.ms/WS2022Preview
When does support for Windows Server 2012 & Windows Server 2012 R2 end?
Mainstream support for Windows Server 2012 ended on 9th October 2018, Extended support will end on 10th October 2023. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-storage-server-2012
Although Security updates are still being released, Microsoft recommend that servers are migrated to the latest versions of Windows Server or to Azure services.
Will there be a Windows Server 2021?
Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2022 in September 2021.
Microsoft’s Server naming convention has followed a 3 year’ cycle since the release of Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2022 is a big step forward for the operating system that is trusted by major corporations and small businesses alike to run their business and mission-critical workloads.
What features will Windows Server 2022 bring?
Windows Server 2022 builds on Windows Server 2019, the fastest adopted Windows Server ever. This release includes advanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities with Azure, and a flexible platform to modernize applications with containers.
Advanced multi-layer security – with the growing number of cyber-security threats affecting business, Microsoft has focused on security improvements.
- Secured-core server – using TPM module and secure boot features of the hardware to provide threat protection during boot up and minimise risk from firmware vulnerabilities. Secured-core server also includes virtualization-based security (VBS) features like Credential Guard and Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI).
- Credential Guard provides preventative defense for sensitive assets like credentials, and HVCI applies hardware – rooted security to prevent advanced malware from tampering with the system.
- Secured connectivity – adds an additional layer of security during transport for advanced protection. Windows Server 2022 improves connection security with faster and more secure encrypted hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) and transport layer security (TLS) 1.3 enabled by default. Customers can also further secure server communications with industry-standard AES-256 encryption, which now supports server message block (SMB) protocol and better controls.
Hybrid capabilities with Azure – Microsoft are providing more functionality that will allow customers with onsite servers to integrate with Azure. Two key features include:
- Azure Arc – which enables customers to manage, secure, and govern on-premises Windows servers and multi-cloud/site environments from a single control plane in Azure. Through Azure Arc, customers can easily employ Azure management capabilities such as Azure Policy, Azure Monitor, and Azure Defender for those servers. Microsoft has also updated Windows Admin Center to enable connectivity to Azure Arc.
- Storage Migration – Windows Server 2022 enhances the connectivity of file servers on-premises to file servers on Azure. Storage Migration Service allow customers to migrate file servers from certain network access storage (NAS) and Windows File Servers to Windows Servers on Azure. Using Storage Migration Service to migrate data to servers allows customers to maintain low latency while reducing their on-premises storage footprint.
Flexible application platform – Microsoft Windows Server 2022 extends its virtualisation services and includes application compatibility with Windows Container experience with Kubernetes.
If you are running Windows Server 2008 or 2012 and would like to review the migration options available, contact one of our sales team on 0333 332 6600.