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Take Action: Windows Server 2012 Support Ends Oct. 10, 2023

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 10:10


Microsoft has announced it is ending support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on Oct. 10, 2023. Servers running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 will no longer be supported or receive security updates after this date, leaving them vulnerable to hackers, malware, and viruses.

Pitt Information Technology encourages University units to begin evaluating alternative server or hosting solutions now, and develop a plan early this year to migrate from Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Begin Preparing Now

Review the use cases for your Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 and reach out to third-party application vendors to determine compatibility with current operating systems.

Consider Enterprise Services

Pitt IT’s enterprise storage and hosting services may be a good fit for your needs. Refer to Pitt IT’s Data Risk Classification and Compliance guidance to help ensure your data is stored securely.

  • Microsoft OneDrive may be an excellent secure and no-cost option for simple storage needs.
  • Enterprise storage is an affordable, scalable solution that combines the control of an on-premises file server and the convenience of a cloud-based service.
  • Enterprise cloud storage provides secure, reliable, and flexible cloud storage that can be tailored to meet your needs.
  • Managed server hosting is an option if you anticipate a continued need for Windows Server. It monitors servers around the clock, performs all backups, and manages operating system upgrades.

Contact the Technology Help Desk to discuss how these services might meet your unique needs. 

Start Migrating Soon

After determining the best approach for your unit, move quickly to implement your plan.

  • If you plan to manage your server, migrate to a new Windows Server 2019 or later system, or perform an in-place upgrade.
  • If you use Pitt IT’s enterprise services, contact us as soon as you are ready to schedule the migration. 

Pitt IT is available to provide support and assistance. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.