Windows end of support

Periodically, as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy, Microsoft might announce an end of support (EOS) date for a version of their operating system that you are using for VM instances on Compute Engine. On the EOS date for that version of the operating system:

  • Google can no longer access updates.
  • Google can no longer access security patches.
  • The OS image is deleted from the Compute Engine images project. If you need to create VMs that use any of these EOS versions after the EOS date, make copies of the images before the EOS date.

If you are running VM instances on Compute Engine based on one of these operating system images, keep in mind that beginning on the EOS date:

  • VMs based on images that are beyond their EOS date continue to operate, and billing continues for premium images.

  • Future Google Cloud features might not perform as expected if you use an image that is beyond its EOS date.

  • Google can no longer provide updates or security patches. Microsoft might provide additional support through its Extended Security Update (ESU) program. It is your responsibility to install and test all updates provided by Microsoft.

  • Google provides support for VMs that use EOS images. For more information, review End of support (EOS) documentation.

Using an unsupported and unpatched version might create material security risks. If you are running VM instances based on an operating system image with an announced EOS date, Google recommends that before the EOS date, you:

If you continue to use an image after the EOS date for that image, Google recommends that you not update the guest environment because Google doesn't test new versions of the image against the EOS version. When Google releases additional image families, those newly released image families might not support the EOS versions of the images, so we recommend that you continue to use the image family that you are using.

The following table shows Microsoft operating systems that are no longer supported, their EOS dates, where to find Microsoft's EOS announcements, and links to content about upgrading or migrating:

Operating system EOS date More information
Windows Server 2012 R2 October 10, 2023
Windows Server 2008 R2 January 14, 2020
Windows Server 2008 January 14, 2020
Windows Server 2003 R2 July 14, 2015
Windows Server 2003 July 14, 2015

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