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End of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2016

When does Windows Server 2016 support end?

Windows Server 2016’s support expires on 01/11/2022. After this date, the server will no longer receive updates. What is more, the security level would also drop with the end of Microsoft’s support. From the 1st of November the server will not receive any bug fixes. Further in this blog you can read about what does the end of support mean for private and personal users and whether it is already time to consider purchasing Windows Server 2019 or Windows Server 2022.

End of Life (EOL) for Windows Server 2016?

The end of Microsoft’s support for Windows Server 2016 is also called “end of life” for the license. This phrase is misleading, as the license is still usable. What does end of support mean exactly? Well, in most cases, what is ending is  the mainstream support. This usually happens after 5 years since the release of the license. After the mainstream support ends, users can still opt for extended support. This support provides security updates and bug fixes. If you wish to receive non-security updates, you can opt for the paid support agreement.

Alternatives to Windows Server 2016

The end of support for Windows Server 2016 leads to an end for updates, improvements, bug fixes and raises some security issues. The end of support, however, does not make Windows Server 2016 unusable. Users who refuse to switch to a newer edition can still use their 2016 license if they do not mind the consequences of the ending Microsoft support. 
Many companies, as expected, are worrying about the safety of Windows Server 2016. In theory, the server is usable, although, it may cause unexpected problems. For this reason, companies are researching alternatives to the 2016 edition. In order to make the most beneficial decision for your company, further in this blog you can find a comparison between the two newer editions – Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022.

Windows Server 2019 vs. Windows Server 2022

Which server would be the best choice for you and your company is strongly dependent on your needs and cores. Another important factor in the upgrade decision making is of course the end of support for the newer versions. Microsoft has announced that it will support Windows Server 2016 until 09/01/2024. For Windows Server 2022 the end of support is 13/10/2026.

In the table below you can find a functional comparison between Windows Server 2019 and 2022. 

Windows Server 2019 vs 2022

Upgrading to Windows Server 2019/2022

To upgrade from Windows Server 2016 to either one of Windows Server 2019 or 2022 essentially means to acquire another license. You may be considering purchasing a pre-owned license. Buying pre-owned is a justified choice, since, in its essence, the only difference between a new and a pre-owned Windows Server 2019/2022 license is that the former has already been activated. With a pre-owned license you have the same features and will still receive all the updates until the end of support for the specific license for a significantly lower price.

You can read more about what second-hand licences are and whether they are legal on the blog here.

Installing Windows Server 2019/2022

After purchasing your Windows Server license, you can follow these 9 steps to install it.

  1. Make a choice about which license you want – Windows Server 2019 or Windows Server 2022
  2. Buy the license online; you can take a look at our product pallette
  3. After receiving the key, install the license on your computer and choose your preferred language and time zone
  4. Click on “Install now” and select your purchased version
  5. You will see the license terms, if you agree to them, continue further
  6. In case you have the older version installed already, you can select “Upgrade”; if not, press the custom button
  7. Choose where you want to install your server and press “Next”
  8. Now the installation has started; wait a couple of minutes until it is ready
  9. You can now choose a password and complete the installation by pressing the “Finish” button

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