The End of Support date for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is July 9, 2019
Extended Security Updates include provision of Security Updates and Bulletins rated “critical” for a maximum of three years after July 9, 2019.
Before you start everything talk to Microsoft and get the Azure subscription.
Before being able access the Extended Security Updates (ESU) download area in the Azure portal, the SQL Server instances covered by ESUs must be registered. This ensures that you are able to download an ESU package if and when available.
Important: It’s not required to register a SQL Server instance for ESUs when running an Azure Virtual Machine that is configured for Automatic Updates.
Note: This operation only needs to be done once. After a SQL Server Registry is created, it can be used to register multiple SQL Server instances.
3. After selecting the SQL Server Registry resource, click on the Create Server Registry as shown in the below screen shot.
4. In the PROJECT DETAILS section, select the subscription on which to create the Registry. Then, select either an existing Resource group, or create a new one.
In the SERVICE DETAILS section, enter a name for the SQL Server registry, and select a Region on which to deploy this new resource.
And then click on the Review + create button.
5. If the validation passed, you are presented with a screen that summarizes the choices for the new registry resource. If everything seems correct, click on the Create button to start deployment of the new resource.
6. Once deployment is complete, open the SQL Server Registry resource available in your resource group.
2. Enter the required information as seen below:
If registering an Azure Virtual Machine (VM), additional information is required to complete registration:
When all fields are populated, click the Register button to complete registration.
To download a security update that is made available throughout the three years of the ESU subscription, click on Security Updates located in the left menu pane.
If there are no available ESU packages for your registered SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 instances, the SQL Server registry download page will display the message “No updates available”, as seen in the screenshot above