Microsoft no longer will support SQL Server 2008 or 2008r2. It does not mean it will stop working, but it does mean that there will be no more support, no patches, no fixes, no security holes fixed and no support for any new operating systems.
If you haven’t done so, it’s critical that you update to at least SQL Server 2012 or 2014. You’ll need to check with your ERP, CRM or other line of business software developers to ensure the version you are currently on supports the newer versions of SQL or whether you need to update your other business applications at the same time. This would also apply to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, AX, Epicor, SAP Business One and Sage ERP 100.
For Clients First clients, please contact our support desk or your Customer Account Manager to find out what your options are. You can do nothing, but you are flirting with a potential disaster. Here are some potential examples:
- For example, if a major security hole is found by hackers, they will freely be able to infiltrate your system and no fix will be forthcoming from Microsoft.
- Your server that is running Windows 2008 & SQL 2008 dies. You can only replace it with Windows 2012. Will your outdated software support this scenario? If not, you’ll need to do an emergency upgrade which is very costly, time consuming and can result in many post upgrade problems.
- Note, check out www.eversafe-backup.com to help eliminate this risk
- You decide your server hardware is outdated and needs upgrading. You find out, again, you can’t purchase one with Windows Server 2008. This may mean your current ERP software won’t run on the new server
Give us a call or hit the chat button below if you have any concerns.