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2012 wasn’t the end of the world – but it will be soon for SQL Server 2012

By Ryan Freeman

July 1, 2022


The world didn’t end in 2012 – you’ve probably already figured that out for yourself. Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth’s rotation, we’re still here.

For SQL Server 2012 however, it’s time has finally come …

SQL Server 2012 will be reaching its end-of-life on the 12th of July 2022.

Will Microsoft be extending support for a while after? The answer is no …

End-of-life means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing hotfixes, cumulative updates or service packs and will not be providing support for any security vulnerabilities or bugs. If you are currently still using this version of SQL Server, you can see that this potentially represents huge problems for your organisation’s data and security.

What needs to be done?

Digital Samurai recommends that you upgrade or migrate as soon as possible to a newer version of SQL Server whether that is on-premises or in the cloud. There are lots of options that you may wish to consider, and we are here to advise on and support any potential upgrades or migrations that you need to perform.

If you interested in the support dates for all versions of SQL Server, you could find the start dates, mainstream end dates and extended end dates here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/?products=sql-server

Latest SQL Server versions

SQL Server 2019 is the latest version of SQL Server on general release and SQL Server 2022 will be available later this year.

Digital Samurai has assisted with migrations and upgrades for all versions of SQL Server (even back to SQL Server 6.0) and we’d would love to hear what plans you have. Please feel free to get in touch with the team today.

Ryan Freeman

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