As many of you know, Windows Server 2012 is reaching end-of-support (EoS) on October 10, 2023. Extended Security enabled by Azure Arc is the best way for customers to get trusted security updates and benefit from cloud capabilities including discovery, management, and patching, all in one offering.
We've created a step-by-step demo showing you how to create your ESU license in the Azure Portal and modify your existing cores if you end up migrating or upgrading your Windows Server version. If you are unsure on how to license for ESU, please review the Azure Arc Enabled ESU Licensing Explained video located below.
First, customers should start with enabling Azure Arc on their servers with their preferred option for deployment and networking.
Establish Azure foundation. Create an Azure account, setting up billing alongside the subscriptions and resource groups to server as a landing zone for your Arc-enabled servers.
Define networking approach. Select from public endpoint, proxy server, and private endpoint connectivity options to meet your organization’s networking requirements.
Onboard to Azure Arc. Install the Azure Connected Machine agent to connect your servers to Azure with the flexibility of at-scale deployment options like Group Policy and Configuration Manager.
Then, follow these two steps to create your license.
Creating the ESU license in Azure Portal
Reducing the ESU license in Azure Portal
Azure Arc Enabled ESU Licesning Explained
Get started today!
Extended Security Updates enabled by Azure Arc are available today for purchase for Windows 2012/2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012.