Frequently asked questions about ESU for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Content provided by Microsoft Applies to: Windows Server 2008Windows Server 2008 R2SQL Server 2008 R2SQL Server 2008 More Select Product Version All Products General questions Show all What is the End of Support date for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2? What does End of Support mean? What End of Support options are available for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2? Which editions of SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 are eligible for ESU? When is the ESU offer available? What do ESU include? Why do ESU for SQL Server 2008/R2 offer only “critical” updates? Which licensing programs are eligible for ESU? Are customers required to cover all on-premises servers under active Software Assurance to get ESU on-premises? How much do ESU cost for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2? How can a customer calculate the ESU price of the following situation?(a) They run SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 and have Software Assurance.(b) They purchased several of cores for their on-premises environment.(c) They use Software Assurance for a secondary passive server (such as for fail-over support) that uses the same number of cores on Azure. Can customers buy ESU for SQL Server 2008 R2 Express or Developer Edition? What are the details of the ESU on-premises offer? Do I need Software Assurance on my CALs to access servers covered by ESU? Is there a minimum core count for a Windows Server ESU purchase? Can customers license only the virtual machine? For example, if a customer is running a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 or another host, do they have to purchase ESU for the full server? What if the host is running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, but none of the virtual machines are running it? Do SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 customers have to run the most current Service Pack to benefit from ESU? Is Software Assurance required to take advantage of ESU? What are the options for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 customers who do not havet Software Assurance? Is there a deadline for migrating servers to Azure, or can customers wait until the End of Support dates? Does this offer also apply to SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2003, or older versions? If a customer deploys a brand-new SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 instance on Azure, do they get ESU? Can customers cover non-production servers that are licensed under Visual Studio (MSDN) subscriptions that have ESU for on-premises environments? Does this offer replace Premium Assurance? Where can I find more details about Windows 7 and Office 2010 End of Support? If existing licenses were bought by using Software Assurance on Select or through a Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, can ESU still be purchased under a different but eligible agreement? What happens if Software Assurance is not renewed on time, or at all? What happens if a customer has a Windows Server OEM license and wants to add ESU? Support questions for Extended Security Updates Show all Is technical support included in the purchase of ESU? Can customers get technical support on-premises for Server 2008 or 2008 R2 after the End of Support dates, without purchasing Extended Security Updates? What are the support expectations when you request support for a product that is covered by ESU? Will Microsoft help troubleshoot an issue that is not related to ESU when a customer purchases ESU? Does Unified Support include ESU? Can a customer that purchases ESU submit support incidents by using its Unified or Premier Support agreements? How do customers access support? Can they submit tickets online by using support.microsoft.com or Service Hub? How do Tech Routers know which customers have purchased ESU? What is the support expectation if a customer encounters an issue that requires a new feature? Is offline servicing available for operating system images that are covered by ESU? How are ESU distributed? ESU on Azure and cloud (hosting) environments Show all Can customers get free ESU in Azure? If SQL Server 2008/R2 customers want to use their existing license, are they required to have Software Assurance coverage? What options do customers have to run SQL Server in Azure? Can customers use the Azure Hybrid Benefit for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions? Can customers get free ESU on Azure Government regions? Can customers get free ESU on Azure Stack? Which versions of SQL Server and Windows Server can get ESU in Azure Stack? For customers who have a 2008/2008 R2 SQL cluster that uses shared storage, what is the guidance for migrating to Azure? Can I use ESU on other cloud (hosting) environments? How do I get technical support for ESU and my 2008/2008 R2 server workloads if I'm running them on a hosted environment? Can customers use ESU for SQL Server while using a third-party hoster? Can customers get free ESU on Azure Dedicated Host? Product and implementation questions Show all How and when does Microsoft deliver ESU? How can I get ESU updates on the Nested VMs? How can I activate the ESU keys over the phone? Are there recommended tools to use to inventory my 2008 environment? What are the options for migrating VMware-based workloads from on-premises to Azure? How do customers know whether an application that currently runs on or with Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will run on Azure or on a newer version of Windows Server or SQL Server? Is there a recommended upgrade path for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2? Is there a recommended upgrade path for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2? Which versions of SQL Server are supported on Windows Server 2019? Does Azure Site Recovery support Gen-2 Hyper-V or VMware VMs that run UEFI when it migrates Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 VMs to Azure? What are the best practices for enhancing the performance of SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines? Can customers continue to use System Center to manage 2008 and 2008 R2 server environments? Can customers download ESU by synchronizing Windows Server Update Services with the Microsoft Update site, or it is necessary to import from the online catalog? If Windows Server Update Services approved ESU for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 but did not activate the ESU key, does Windows Update generate an error? After the End of Support date, can I use third-party application control solutions to protect my SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 environment instead of installing SQL Server security updates? When will the first ESU for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 be issued? Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Windows Server Show all What is the Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server? What is the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server? How does Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server differ from License Mobility? Do SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 customers have to have Software Assurance to take advantage of License Mobility? Additional resources Datasheets Azure Hybrid Benefit Datasheet Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support DatasheetOther Customer-facing Product FAQ for Extended Security Updates Azure Hybrid Benefit FAQ IT Pro FAQ about the end of support for Windows 7 Last Updated: Feb 4, 2020 Was this information helpful? Yes No Tell us what we can do to improve the article Submit Thanks! Your feedback will help us improve the support experience.