Microsoft Windows Server 2012 was the fifth version of the Windows Server operating system. Released to market in September 2012, and shortly followed by it’s successor Windows Server 2012 R2, in October 2013.
All Microsoft products and packages follow a fixed lifecycle policy. At the end of life Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates for their products. These dates tend to be pre-determined from the day of launch, clearly setting out expectations from the start.
Mainstream support on Windows Server 2012 ended in October 2018, with extended support available until January 2023, however Microsoft has since extended this until October 2023.
|Type of Support||Mainstream||Extended||Beyond|
|Request to change design||Available||Not Available||Not Available|
|Security Updates||Available||Available||Not Available|
|Non Security Updates||Available||Available||Not Available|
|Self Help Support||Available||Available||Available|
For full details on the different levels of support please see Microsoft here.
What this means for your Windows 2012 Server OS
October 2023 seems a long way off, and realistically it is over 2 years until the extended support comes to an end. However there is plenty to consider in looking to upgrade your Windows Server 2012 operating system.
Existing hardware and the compatibility to new operating system
Newer operating systems often require additional memory and processing speed to work effectively. Older servers may not have the capacity to cope with a newer operating system due to the advancement of technology in recent years. Simply installing a new operating system without fully establishing your hardware capability will most likely mean that your existing server and software may not work. This can cause a loss of data and your staff being unable to carry out their tasks.
Existing packages and software compatibility
Most businesses use a variety of software packages from third parties, such as accounting, customer relationship and design software. These third party packages are written to be compatible with the available operating systems at the time of their own launch. By upgrading your existing operating system, it is possible that third party packages will not be compatible to your new operating system. An in-depth review of all the software packages that your organisation will ensure that the correct upgrade is implemented. If they are not carefully considered, the upgrade may mean that your employees are unable to use software that is vital for their role which can be detrimental to your day to day work.
Current and emerging market options
The technology market is constantly evolving, depending on your unique requirements and the packages/software there are a variety of options available when it comes to replacing your server. These include cloud, onsite or hybrid servers. Before any decision should be made on the type of server you need, we strongly recommend an in-depth consultation to evaluate the type of server best suited to your needs.
Finally, and probably one of the most important to consider is the budget. Depending on the type of new server hardware or operating system upgrade this can be a costly project. With forward planning on the upgrades required you can identify the budget and put this in place in advance. It might be that you need to plan the project to take place immediately or in the future. MPR IT Solutions will ensure that following the audit and consultation of your requirements, the costs involved will be clearly explained and set out.
Time scale – don’t leave till last minute
October 2023, is a long way off, however the project to upgrade an operating system or migrating to a new server can be time consuming.
If you are looking to upgrade your server or operating system we strongly advise that you do not delay in considering your options. For more information and to discuss your requirements contact our team on 0800 030 20 30 option 1.Read more
Many new customers that join MPR IT require an IT Audit review – we can offer this to any company irrespective of you coming on board with MPR for full support. For many businesses the new financial year is April and so now is the time to identify the needs of your business going forward. We can help direct you to the most cost effective and efficient technology to suit your business needs. An IT audit review has 3 aims:
- Provide an objective and independent review of an organisations, policies, information systems and controls.
- Provide reasonable assurance that appropriate and effective IT controls are in place.
- Provide audit recommendations for both corrective actions and improvements to controls.
With technology and security changing so quickly, it is surprising how out dated your equipment can become and unable to cope with the daily demands of the current operating systems. I have recently experienced this with my own hardware such as my Kindle and IPad. Despite them both having up to date operating systems and only being approximately 4 years old, they are both increasingly becoming slow and unable to cope with some of the latest apps. I was then faced with the minefield of different versions of Kindle and IPad to review and decide which suited mine and my family needs. Did we need both now that the Kindle has advanced in terms of what it can be used for or could we manage with just one tablet. As you can imagine in this day it is highly unlikely that one item will serve the family without constant squabbles as to who can use what and when.
Office hardware is just as easily affected. When you have an office with even just 5 members of staff it can become very expensive to renew all the hardware such as PC’s, printers and laptops all in one go and many businesses do not have the budget to replace these all at once. Not to mention servers that store all of your important data. Security is also changing so quickly to keep up with the ever increasing threat of hacking and new variations of viruses. How do you decide which PC is the first to be updated – from my experience when working in large companies it was always the director that got the latest tech. Very annoying for the poor admin person that is on an old PC that crashes every hour and spends more time in the day screaming at the computer than actually working. Meanwhile the Director was at yet another lunch meeting and the brand new PC was collecting dust. This means that your staff are not working efficiently and actually costing you more money than you might think.
It is surprising how many businesses are not aware of the most vital IT hardware in their office – for example if you are an internet based business such as an E-bay shop, it is actually your internet that is most vital. If you cannot connect to the internet you cannot see your orders. This could be viewed on a smart phone, tablet or PC. So your PC is not necessarily the most vital piece of equipment. Or if you are a printing firm – without the best printer you cannot satisfy your customers. The list can go on but I am sure you get the picture.
MPR IT can offer IT audits for all companies, our trained and experienced team have knowledge of all the most up to date and efficient hardware and software available on the market. One of our team can spend time to listen and understand the needs of the staff and identify where and when new hardware should be procured if necessary. Today there are so many options for both hardware and software, we can help identify the most efficient options for your business.
MPR IT are completely independent of any one hardware supplier and so are able to offer you the best price on the equipment needed for your business. Our staff regularly review the latest tech on the market and so can offer an informed view of how your business can continue to run cost effectively without any hassle from outdated systems. Please contact us if you would like to us to review and audit your companies’ IT equipment in advance of the new financial year, with the right information and direction we can assist your business in identifying where your IT budget is best spent to support you through the future.Read more