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Microsoft Server 2012 End-of-Life Countdown

effective as of October 10th, 2023
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Consistent with Microsoft’s long-held business practices, Microsoft will stop supporting MS Server 2012 and 2012 R2 on October 10th, 2023. 

Many businesses depend on these servers for mission-critical and business-critical operations. These upgrade transitions happen every few years. They are predictable and necessary and yet there is a remarkable level of procrastination that causes these transitions to be painful for the companies that do not build a strategic plan for their upgrade.  To help with this transition, Electronic Office is beginning the countdown now. Eventually, we will all make this transition. It is inevitable. Change can be empowering or paralyzing, it’s a choice we get to make. Start building a strategic plan now. 

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We understand, in today’s harried business world, this can feel like a distraction that you can put on the back burner until next year. That’s the wrong mindset. 

Here is the good news, businesses that plan for this transition early are going to view this upgrade as a great opportunity for business operations improvement. It’s only a difficult experience for companies that wait too long and then try to move too quickly to avoid a catastrophe. 

For many companies, this upgrade will be well-timed to develop and execute a strategic integration of cloud computing capabilities. MS Azure is a complementary cloud service that will make this server upgrade the most beneficial upgrade in history.  

If you missed EO Advisor’s article about Cloud Migration Strategy, take a moment now to understand all of the advantages that can be recognized while we are working together to upgrade from MS Server 2012 to the best and most strategic solution for your business. 

IT leaders often need to emphasize the intense risks that come with trying to pull off a business-critical server upgrade at the last minute. We will lay out those risks in the months to come for those who are not proactively planning for this transition. 

Our goal with the timing of this note is to focus on the benefits. This is an opportunity to deliver a set of financial and operational benefits that the post-pandemic, hybrid working environment demands. 

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