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How long will Microsoft continue to support SBS 2011 or 2008?

How long will Microsoft continue to support SBS 2011 or SBS 2008?

Microsoft released Small Business Server 2011 on December 13, 2010, during WPC 2010 and it appeared to be the last version of Small Business Server as we know it. No longer we will have a suite bundled with Exchange Server, SQL, and Sharepoint. It was a good solution, no it was a very good solution for SMB’s, but all good things come to an end.

You would ask yourself 'is the cloud also for me'? It depends on the workloads you run in your company. If you have LOB (Line Of Business) applications that only run on a local server you need a server on premise. But if you don't have them, you trust Office 365 and other cloud solutions you can just dump your on-premise servers and join the workstations and laptops to Azure AD. 

Lifecycle Small Business Server 2011

How long Microsoft supports SBS depends on the components in the suite. As we all know SBS 2011 contains Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Exchange Server 2010 SP3, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Service Pack 2

SBS 2011 end of life

SBS 2011 OS Version Begin mainstream End of Mainstream End of Extended
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 2/22/2011 1/13/2015 1/14/2020
Exchange Server 2010 SP3 2/12/2013 1/13/2015 1/14/2020
SQL Server 2008 R2 7/20/2010 7/10/2012 7/10/2012
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Service Pack 2 7/21/2013 10/13/2015 10/13/2020
Source Search product lifecycle

From the above table, you can see, if you don't use SQL Server 2008 R2, you can still use SBS 2011 until early 2020. But is it a good idea to wait that long until moving or migrating to a newer operating system or email solution? It depends a bit on the health of your current hardware. That is probably also around 7 - 8 years old and out of warranty.

You can move your SBS 2011 to new hardware and virtualize it by using this tutorial Virtualize your SBS 2008 or 2011 and run it as a virtual machine on Hyper-V server. The SBS 2011 can benefit from newer and faster hardware during the time you make your plan for migrating to a newer OS and email solution.

If you are seeking advice on what to do or you need a bit guidance on implementing a new server and migrate the old one purchase a subscription here or open a ticket here.

Lifecycle Small Business Server 2008

For SBS 2008 it is a bit different. Exchange Server 2007 SP3 has no support anymore since November 4, 2017, and this means you should not be using SBS 2008 anymore. SBS 2008 was released to manufacturing on August 21, 2008, and was launched on November 12, 2008.

SBS 2008 end of life

SBS 2008 OS Version Begin mainstream End of Mainstream End of Extended
Windows Server 2008 SP2 4/29/2009 1/12/2015 1/14/2020
Exchange Server 2007 SP3 6/7/2011 4/10/2012 4/11/2017
SQL Server 2005 SP4 12/13/2010 4/12/2011 4/12/2016
SQL Server 2008 SP4 7/7/2014 7/8/2014 7/9/2019
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 3 10/24/2011 10/9/2012 10/10/2017
Source Search product lifecycle

We do have migration guides for migrating SBS 2008 to Windows Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 or Office 365.

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