Gartner Blog Network

What Do You Do When Windows Server 2008 Ends?

by Jeffrey Hewitt  |  June 17, 2020  |  Comments Off on What Do You Do When Windows Server 2008 Ends?

Ouch! Your server operating system support has ended and you’ve got servers running that OS. What should you do?

As analysts, we get this question quite often. Considering the fact that Windows Server 2008 supported ended on January 14th of this year, it is a good time to know the options.  My analyst colleagues, Tony Harvey and Mike Cisek have put together a great publication that helps you put together an effective and appropriate action plan. 

The document is entitled, “How to Respond to Windows Server 2008 End of Support.” Like the title, the document is straightforward in its advice.  It starts with an important reason to address the issue in the form of what Gartner calls a Strategic Planning Assumption.  That strategic assumption is, “By 2022, 50% of organizations that do not have a migration plan in place for Windows Server 2008 will be forced to migrate due to a security incident or compliance issue.”

Bearing that in mind, what can one do?  Frame your choices as four options which are noted in the graphic below.

From there, Gartner has created a helpful decision tree and advice on risk assessment that can help you take the right direction which can be found in the document as well.

The important point here is not to ignore an end-of-support event.  Doing so can create issues that can come back to haunt you later.  At Gartner, we’re happy to help address these issues to keep your infrastructure and operations organization on a positive track.

Additional Resources

View Free, Relevant Gartner Research

Gartner's research helps you cut through the complexity and deliver the knowledge you need to make the right decisions quickly, and with confidence.

Read Free Gartner Research


Jeffrey Hewitt
VP Analyst I
20 years at Gartner
42 years IT Industry

Jeffrey Hewitt is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where he is a part of the Infrastructure and Operations team in the Gartner for IT Leaders organization. As a part of that team, Mr. Hewitt's primary areas of coverage include hyperconvergence, software containers/microservices, serverless computing, hyperscale (webscale) architectures, edge computing, machine learning IaaS, and the I&O implications of changing technology approaches like public cloud, blockchain, and big data. He also covers integrated systems and server purchasing negotiations.Read Full Bio

Comments are closed

Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.