Microsoft pushes Windows Server 2022 as 20H2 version nears end
Microsoft has reminded business users that the 20H2 version offered to their Windows Server will expire on August 8, 2022.
This half-year Channel (SAC) version of Microsoft’s servers will no longer receive updates including security patches from this time after nearly two years of service.
“Windows Server, version 20H2 will end the service on August 9, 2022. After August 9, 2022, these devices will no longer receive monthly quality and security updates that are capable of protecting from the latest security threats,” the company confirmed on its blog post (open in the new tab).
End of Windows Server lifecycle
Like discontinuing windows 7 and 8.1, Microsoft hopes its warning will motivate users to use their newer products and services, and the failure to provide security updates is a surefire way for users not to use old software.
With the 20H2 version shutting down, Windows Server SAC will be removed as the company switches to using the Long-Term Service Channel (LTSC) “as the main release channel.”
LTSC users will receive 5 years of mainstream support, with the option to upgrade to another 5 years. Updates are usually released every two to three years on the Long-Term Service Channel for Windows Server products.
However, upgrading from SAC to LTSC is not without difficulties. Because they use different channels, it will require a clean installation, many business users are not satisfied. That said, many of the features that users are already familiar with will turn to the latest LTSC.
Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows Server 2019 or Windows Server 2022 for the latest LTSC experience, however, for more frequent updates, Microsoft recommends switching to Azure Stack HCI.
As we have indicated before, customers using Windows Server 2022 can add up to 48TB of memory and 2,048 logic cores, giving huge scalability to the companies that need it most.