For any company running SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, there’s a big deadline on the horizon. In July 2019, it will no longer be supported by Microsoft – and next year, the same will happen to Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. What does the end of support mean for your business and how can you prepare for such a significant change?        In general, Microsoft’s policy is to provide five years of extended support for its enterprise products once they reach the end of their mainstream support periods. During these five years, Microsoft continues to provide free patches and fixes, as well as some additional support that costs extra. Once the extended support ends, though, the users will neither receive support nor patches.   Overview of Server Product Lifecycle  Find lifecycle support deadlines at http://www.support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/  The issue here is that the end…