Alibaba Cloud no longer provides new patches for ApsaraDB RDS instances that run SQL Server 2012 from July 12, 2022.
If you continue to use RDS instances that run SQL Server 2012, security risks may arise in your applications and workloads. The security risks include but are not limited to security issues, application incompatibility issues, compliance issues, and possible security threats caused by some non-functional risks.
Alibaba Cloud is not responsible for the issues that occur in the kernel of SQL Server 2012 because these issues are not caused by Alibaba Cloud services. The issues include failures, security risks, incompatibility issues, and possible high-impact risks. You are responsible for the risks and consequences if any.
July 12, 2022
Microsoft stopped providing free patches or security updates for SQL Server 2012 from July 12, 2022. However, Extended Security Updates is still available. Microsoft offers only paid Extended Security Updates for up to three years from July 12, 2022, which includes Security Updates and Bulletins rated "critical."
You can purchase up to three years of Extended Security Updates from Microsoft. Three years later, if you continue to purchase or use an RDS instance that runs SQL Server 2012, you must know that Alibaba Cloud does not provide new patches for your RDS instance that runs SQL Server 2012.
RDS instances that run the following versions:
RDS SQL Server 2012 Web
SQL Server 2012 SE
SQL Server 2012 EE Basic
SQL Server 2012 EE