SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2 Migration Options

  • Organizations should already have plans to migrate from SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, which reach the end of Extended support in July 2019.
  • A new option, Extended Security Updates, can prolong the life of SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 instances for an additional three years, but use cases are limited.
  • The hardest migration decision will be the destination, which determines future cost and support.
  • Robust backward compatibility and migration tools can help minimize changes and reduce disruptions.

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