Windows Server is the operating system by Microsoft designed for server platforms, as specialized machines that can handle great amount of processes, data and information at great speed, hosting from online services and complete web pages, along with the recourses they need to function properly.
As operating system, Windows Server has plenty of versions and service packs released. From the oldest Windows Server 2003 to the latest version as Windows Server 2019, there are quite available variants for this platform. Windows 2008 R2 is the one in between, as the software for servers that is about to lose support entirely in a few months, unfortunately.
Details about Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 was released in 2008 as the next itineration respecting Windows Server 2003, with great improvements and a core based on the Windows NT 6.0 technology, bringing plenty of new characteristics, features and general performance. This next version of the system shared core technology respecting Windows Vista.
However, one year later Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 R2, as a new version of the operating system based on Windows 7 as direct server variant, bringing even more improvements respecting performance, optimization and compatibility. For example, technologies like Active Directory, Live Migration and Cluster Shared Volume were included.
In fact, Windows Server 2008 R2 became the standard and the first version was removed, since this one was more stable and better in many ways. Nevertheless, in terms of technology 2008 seems to be very far away, and it is in terms of possibilities, security and more. That is why; Microsoft is ending the support of this operating system to allow passing through other platforms that are more new and innovative.
What to know about the end of support of Windows Server 2008
Specifically, Windows Server 2008 R2 is losing complete support on January 14, 2020. This definitely has some implications for the remaining users of this platform. For example, security patches and general updates are not going to still be applied anymore, which means that data and information on the server may be vulnerable against malware and other computing threats.
Also, since it is the extended period support on the platform, it is not possible to wait for other support times. This means that Microsoft is trying to put an end on purpose on the use of the platform, promoting the update in terms of software from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019, which is the latest one and include all new technologies and resources that are required today.