According to the official Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blog, there will be multiple changes in supported configurations for the next release of CRM. Included in that are removing support for CRM configurations that utilize Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

Not a huge deal… except for the fact that there are still a lot of businesses out there using Server 2008 R2, as well as SQL 2008 R2.

The official blog post is a bit unclear, as well, stating that:

For the next release, we’re removing the following operating systems from our Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server support matrix:

    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Small Business Server (All versions)

We’re removing the following SQL Server versions from our Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server support matrix:

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

(quote source, dated 5-14-2014)

But does this mean the next major service pack release of CRM (aka, CRM v7, Next Version) or the next major CRM 2013 (v6) Service Pack release?

In the comments section of the above-quoted blog post, someone asked that very question, and the response seemed to indicate that it was the Fall 2014 Release of a CRM 2013 Service Pack.

However, in a later-dated MSDN blog post, it was stated that it would be the next version of CRM (aka, not CRM 2013, which is version 6, but version 7 of CRM). So for now, we’re keeping a close eye on Microsoft’s official CRM Compatibility List for updates and clarifications.

Bottom line? Regardless of if it’s this version of CRM or the next, you might want to consider upgrading your version of Windows Server and SQL Server if you are running 2008 R2. The mainstream support for both ends less than 8 months from now (and extended support for both systems is only a few years out). See the Support Lifecycle dates here.

Now, keep in mind that Microsoft removing support for these CRM configurations doesn’t necessarily mean your CRM will stop working – but it does mean that Microsoft will no longer test and support issues if you are using an unsupported configuration. And this means that it’s very possible that a CRM Update Rollup or Service Pack may have unintended behavior or break your on-premises CRM installation.

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