Server 2012 End of Life is Fast Approaching, Are You Ready?

by Sean Baetz, IT Senior Manager

ARTICLE | June 16, 2023

As of October 10, 2023, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.

What does End of Life even mean?

Once a product reaches End of Life, Microsoft will no longer provide regular security updates, bug fixes, or technical support for the operating system.

What are the actual risks of running an operating system after its End of Life date?

The primary risk is that without regular security updates your servers will become vulnerable to new and evolving threats. Cybercriminals are continually searching for vulnerabilities in outdated systems, and as soon as Microsoft stops providing security updates it’s only a matter of time before hackers find a way to exploit these vulnerabilities. This could result in costly data breaches, downtime, and lost productivity for your organization. Most Cyber Insurance providers require that all software is currently supported so they can receive these essential security updates.

There are also compliance risks. HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, and NIST all have strict requirements around making sure software is patched against these threats.

Are there other benefits to upgrading?

Upgrading to a newer operating system also means you’ll have access to the latest features and improvements, which can help improve efficiency, streamline processes, and reduce costs. For example, newer versions of Windows Server offer better virtualization capabilities, improved storage options, and enhanced security features such as built-in encryption and advanced threat protection.

What are options for upgrading?

To the Cloud! By migrating your server infrastructure to Microsoft’s cloud-hosted service called Azure you can potentially remove all dependency on keeping a physical server at your location. This is a secure, scalable, and highly accessible option that many businesses are taking advantage of.

Keep it “Local.” Stay with the traditional method of keeping your servers at your physical location(s) but upgrading the operating system to on that’s currently supported. This might require an investment in new physical hardware if your current server is getting old.

How can Larson Gross help?

Upgrading to a new operating system can be a complex process and there are many things that can go wrong. Without the right expertise and experience, you run the risk of data loss, downtime, or other costly issues.

By working with Larson Gross, you’ll have access to expert guidance and support throughout the entire process. We’ll be able to assess your current infrastructure and develop a customized migration plan to ensure a smooth transition. We’ll also be able to provide ongoing support and maintenance to help you get the most out of your new system.


If you’re still running Server 2012, it’s essential to upgrade prior to October 10, 2023 to avoid security risks and other issues. By working with Larson Gross, you can ensure a smooth transition and get the most out of your new operating system. If you’re interested in upgrading your servers, don’t hesitate to reach out to see how we can help.

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Sean Baetz

Sean Baetz

IT Senior Manager

Sean has been a valuable member of the Larson Gross team since 2008, starting shortly after graduating from Bellingham Technical College with an associate’s degree in Computer Information Technology Administration and Management. In his role as IT Senior Manager, he leads a team of dedicated IT Technicians, ensuring that our clients receive exceptional support and assistance.

Sean’s true passion lies in empowering business owners to effectively navigate the complex realm of technical security, providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to safeguard their systems and data.