End of support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2

Applies to: Microsoft SQL ServerSQL Server 2008SQL Server 2008 R2

Summary


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 are approaching the end of Extended Support. This means that as of the dates in the table below there will be no additional:

  • Free security updates on-premises

  • Non-security updates

  • Free support options

  • Online technical content updates

Customers who use SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 products and services should upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server on-premises or re-host to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, a version-less offering that eliminates the need for future upgrades. Or, migrate to Microsoft Azure virtual machines to take advantage of 3 additional years of Critical security updates at no additional charge and modernize when ready.

More information


The following SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 products are approaching end of support:

Product

End of Extended Support

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Advanced Services

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for Embedded Systems

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for Small Business

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Web

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web

7/9/2019

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup

7/9/2019

We recommend that you migrate to Azure or upgrade to the current product versions before the support end dates. This lets you take advantage of the latest product innovations and make sure of uninterrupted support from Microsoft.

Resources


SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 EOS Site

SQL Server 2008 R2 documentation

SQL Server 2008 documentation

Migration assistance with the Azure Migration Center

The Azure Migration Center has a full range of tools available to help you assess your current on-premises environment, migrate your workloads onto Azure, and optimize your Azure usage to best suit your needs. Microsoft also works with many Partners, who are available to help you at every step of the journey.