Azure Cloud Services Guest OS Family Expiring

Azure's Cloud Services component, which offers Platform as a Service Web and worker role compute instances, will cease to offer the Windows Server 2008 SP2 Guest OS Family on Sept. 2, 2014. The discontinued availability (which Microsoft calls an expiration) of this Family could lead to forced OS upgrades for applications deployed on Azure, so customers should ensure their applications are compatible with a later OS version. The expiration could also affect System Center Configuration Manager customers using cloud-based distribution points.

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