The final countdown

Do do do dooooo, do do do do do……..

You know that SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 box you’ve got sitting around on an old dusty server somewhere? You’ve got 3 months to upgrade this to a version of SQL Server that was released in the last decade.

Just in case you’ve missed it, on July 9th this year (2019) Microsoft is ending support for these versions of SQL Server.

But what does that mean for you?

Well, some of you might just not care. And that’s fine if it’s a decision you’ve come to when considering the risks of staying on an unsupported version of SQL Server. But bear in mind;

  1. You won’t be getting any security updates for your box.
  2. Microsoft won’t even touch you if you tried to raise a support case with them.
  3. You know those bugs they find and patch? Nope, you’re stuck with them now.
  4. You’re missing out on all of the features in later versions of SQL Server that used to be on enterprise edition only.

Worth the risk? It’s totally your decision. I certainly wouldn’t want to be running this risk.

If you’re like me and don’t want to accept these risks, consider this the 3 month mark to have these old instances upgraded or taken out of commission.

Good Luck!