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Retirement notice: Windows Server 2022 will retire with k8s 1.34 in March 2027

Published date: March 29, 2024

On 15 March 2027, Windows Server 2022 will be retired when Kubernetes 1.34 reaches the end of platform support. You will not be able to create new Windows Server 2022 node pools on Kubernetes 1.35 and above. We encourage you to make the switch before 15 March 2027 to gain the richer benefits of Windows Server 2025 or Windows Server Annual Channel. These new Windows OS versions will be supported on AKS before Windows Server 2022 is retired. For more updates, see our AKS public roadmap.  

Required action
From now through 14 March 2027, you can continue to use Windows Server 2022 on Kubernetes version 1.34 and below. After 15 March 2027, Windows Server 2022 won't be supported. You won’t be able to create Windows Server 2022 node pools on Kubernetes 1.35 and above. Follow the detailed steps in our documentation to upgrade to a supported Windows Server version (Windows Server 2025 or Windows Server Annual Channel) by 15 March 2027.   

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