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Microsoft reminded users that Windows Server 20H2 reaches end-of-service (EOS) as of August 9. The tech giant advises users to move to Windows Server 2019 or 2022.

Microsoft will cut support for Standard Core and Datacenter Core users of Windows Server 20H2 as of August 9. The security update planned for the same date is the last security update for these user groups.

The Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) retires as well. Customers that use this update channel are advised to move to the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC). The latter channel eventually becomes the primary release channel for Windows Server.

LTSC channel

The Windows Server LTSC channel contains new Windows Server releases every two to three years. The channel grants up to five additional years of support. Users require a clean Windows Server installation to switch to the release channel.

Most Windows Server 20H2 functionality was added to Windows Server 2022 in preparation of the move. Microsoft will support the latter version until October 2031.

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