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Operating System Support Lifecycle

In order to ensure adherence to Rice University computer usage policies and to maintain the security and integrity of computer systems on the Rice network, any computing device running an unsupported Operating System (OS) or configured in an insecure manner is subject to restrictions when connecting to the Rice network. 

The OS support lifecycle below outlines the status across platforms of OS' from deployment to vendor specified end of life. If your OS is not listed, it is likely out of compliance. Please review the Rice University computer usage policies for more details. 

Any computing devices running an unsupported operating systems or configured in an insecure manner are subject to restrictions when connecting to the Rice network. Please contact the OIT Help Desk if you need assistance.

Last Updated: November 2021

Testing

This Operating System (OS) platform is not yet supported by Rice OIT.

Active (Default)

This OS platform is supported by Rice OIT and new machines will be built.

Active

This OS platform is supported by Rice OIT and will be installed on request.

Containment

This OS platform is currently supported by Rice OIT but no new machines will be built with this platform. Platforms in containment will receive security updates and patches for the OIT supported software components. Rice OIT Facilities will not provide new software or major revisions to existing software for these platforms.

Phasing Out

Rice OIT is actively working to migrate assets away from this platform. Platforms go in to this status automatically 6 months before the OIT End of Support Date. Platforms may be placed in this status before that time.

EOL

This OS platform is no longer supported by OIT Computing. Software support will be dropped from any asset running this platform. Other levels of support including network connectivity may be dropped as circumstances warrant. A valid reason is required to maintain an asset running this platform past the End of OIT Support date. All exceptions must be logged, approved and periodically reviewed.

 

 

OS Family

Operating System

Latest Update or Service Pack

OIT Support Status

Vendor Release Date

Start of OIT Support

End of OIT Support

Latest Vendor EOL Date

 

Windows 11
Semi-Annual Channel

21H2

Testing

5 Oct 2021

TBD

8 Oct 2024

8 Oct 2024

Windows Desktop

Windows 10
Semi-Annual Channel

21H2

Testing

TBD Nov 2021

TBD Spring 2022

Oct 2025

Oct 2025

Windows 10
Semi-Annual Channel

20H2

Active (Default)

20 Oct 2020

9 Jan 2021

9 May 2023

9 May 2023

Windows 10
Semi-Annual Channel

1909

Phasing Out

12 Nov 2019

1 Jan 2020

10 May 2022

10 May 2022

Windows 10
Semi-Annual Channel

1809

EOL

13 Nov 2018

1 Jan 2019

11 May 2021

11 May 2021

Windows 8

8.1

EOL

26 Oct 2012

1 Jan 2016

14 Jun 2016

10 Jan 2023

Windows 7

SP1

EOL

22 Oct 2009

1 Aug 2010

14 Jan 2020

14 Jan 2020

macOS **

Note: Apple does not publish official EOL dates, but typically provides security updates for the current release of macOS, as well as the previous two releases.

 

macOS Monterey

12.0

Testing

25 Oct 2021

TBD

Nov 2024

~2024

macOS Big Sur

11.0

Active (Default)

Nov 2020

11 Dec 2020

Nov 2023

~ 2023

macOS Catalina

10.15

Active

7 Oct 2019

16 Dec 2019

Nov 2022

~ 2022

macOS Mojave

10.14

EOL

24 Sep 2018

3 Dec 2018

Nov 2021

~2021

macOS High Sierra

10.13

EOL

25 Sep 2017

5 Mar 2018

Dec 2020

~2020

macOS Sierra

10.12

EOL

20 Sep 2016

1 Jan 2017

Nov 2019

~2019

Windows Server

Windows Server 2019

Active (Default)

13 Nov 2018

9 Jan 2020

9 Jan 2029

9 Jan 2029

 

Windows Server 2016

Containment

26 Sep 2016

1 Jan 2017

11 Jan 2027

11 Jan 2027

 

Windows Server 2012

R2

Phasing Out

4 Sep 2012

Oct 2012

10 Oct 2023

10 Oct 2023

 

Windows Server 2008

R2

EOL

27 Feb 2008

1 Mar 2008

14 Jan 2020

14 Jan 2020

* The presentation of this content is used with permission from and attributed to the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  

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Keywords:Endpoint management, operating system, OS, lifecycle   Doc ID:114673
Owner:Sarah G.Group:Rice University
Created:2021-11-03 22:49 CSTUpdated:2021-11-04 16:14 CST
Sites:Rice University
CleanURL:https://kb.rice.edu/os-support-lifecycle
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