Microsoft abandons Windows Server 20H2, what should be done?

The August 2022 Patch Tuesday does not only offer cumulative updates. It is also the event announcing the end of life of Windows Server 20H2.

Clearly this major maintenance is the last patch cycle for this operating system. In other words, Microsoft will no longer release any further security updates and enhancements. The only solution to continue to benefit from the patch is to upgrade your machine.

Without them, it will gradually be confronted with increasingly significant risks of piracy. Being a server operating system the security implications are very concerning.

Microsoft explains

Windows Server 20H2 is end of service today, August 9, 2022. After August 9, 2022, these devices will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protection against the latest security threats. To continue to receive security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of Windows Server. We will continue to maintain the following editions:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise and Education,
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise,
  • Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session?
  • Windows 10 on Surface Hub.

Microsoft also warns that August 9 also saw the retirement of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel. The giant specifies

This also marks the retirement of the Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel (SAC). There will be no future SAC releases of Windows Server. Windows Server is moving to Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) as the primary release channel. Customers using Windows Server SAC should upgrade to Azure Stack HCI. Alternatively, customers can use the Windows Server Long-Term Servicing Channel.

Complete information about Windows Server and current servicing options is available on this page.

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