Does Microsoft still support Windows Server 2008? | DSM

On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 reached the end of their support lifecycle. For the most advanced security, performance, and innovation Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to the current version of Windows Server.


Can Windows Server 2008 be upgraded to 2019?

A direct in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2019 can be done. This means you will have two consecutive upgrade processes to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019.


Can Windows Server 2008 be upgraded to 2016?

Only in the same language In-place upgrades are supported. From Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2016 or later for on-premises servers there is no direct upgrade path. Instead, firstly upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2, and then to Windows Server 2016. 


What happens if you won’t activate Windows Server 2008?

Similar to the previous versions of Windows, the system entered reduced functionality mode (RFM) and certain functions and features of the operating system would cease working with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista with the failed activation process or if the system was never activated.


Is Windows Server 2008 free?

Well, downloading Windows Server 2008 standard(all versions) for free from the Microsoft website and evaluating it for 240 days is not initially free, but legal. 


Is Windows Server 2019 free?

Nothing is free, particularly if it’s from Microsoft. Microsoft admitted though it did not reveal how much more, Windows Server 2019 will cost more to run than its predecessor. “It is highly likely for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL) to increase pricing. 


How do I upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019?

Since an in-place upgrade performance directly from Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019 is not possible, you need to upgrade to Windows Server 2012, R2 at first and then perform an in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2019.


How do I upgrade my 2008 R2 to 2012 R2?       

For upgrading, 

  • Make sure you’re running Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Locate the Windows Server 2012 R2 Setup media, and then go for setup.exe.

  • Select Yes to start the setup process.

  • Select Install now on the Windows Server 2012 R2 screen.

Upgrading Windows Server 2008 to Windows 10?

There are zero issues with the compatibility of Windows 10 with a 2008 R2 domain.


How long will Windows Server 2016 be supported?


Version           Mainstream Support End   Extended Support End

Windows 2012           10/9/2018                                   1/10/2023

Windows 2012 R2         10/9/2018                                   1/10/2023

Windows 2016           1/11/2022                                   1/12/2027

Windows 2019           1/9/2024                                   1/9/2029


Types of server 2008 installation

Windows 2008 can be installed in two types, 

  • Full installation.

  • Server Core installation. 

We were able to open some of the GUI applications in the Server Core installation of Windows 2008, notepad, task manager, Data and Time console.

Regional Settings console and all others are managed through remote management. 


What is the use of Windows Server 2008?

Windows Server 2008 functions as many types of servers. It may be used for a file server, to store company files and data, and also used as a Web server that would host websites for one or many individuals (or companies). 

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 can be purchased with Digital Software Market for a convenient buying experience and appealing discount offers. 


What is the importance of Windows Server 2008?


Through Failover Clustering, Windows Server 2008 offers high availability of services and applications. Server features and roles can be kept running with little to no downtime mostly.