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Unsupported but working versions of SQL Server on Windows Server 2019

One of my hobbies is trying to break technology so that you don’t have to. I don’t consider myself a professional or hobbyist hacker, though if the shoe fits… Last year when Windows Server 2019 was released I wanted to see which versions of SQL Server I could run on it, testing more the unwritten
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Deprecated and discontinued features in SQL Server

My co-authors and I recently wrapped up the book SQL Server 2019 Administration Inside Out, which should be hitting the shelves in the next week or two. At the end of Chapter 1 I have a small note about deprecated and discontinued features, and this post expands on that section. The following statements are true:
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SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is end of life on 9 July 2019

Next month, Microsoft is ending five years of extended support on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. This follows five years of mainstream support before that. You really should be upgrading to SQL Server 2017 at the very least, with some serious consideration to the unreleased SQL Server 2019. My reasoning for suggesting
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