On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will end regular support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. In order to continue patching Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 an extended support contract with Microsoft is needed.
Depending on the delivery mechanism Microsoft uses there may not be a need to use custom XML descriptor files to patch these OS's. Microsoft has released a hotfix for extended support for these OS's and the patches may be delivered through the existing MUC data feed and wsusscn2.cab file. In that scenario Radia Patch Manager can continue to be used to distribute security updates.
If however Microsoft uses the same delivery mechanism as the Windows XP/2003 Server updates then custom XML descriptor files will be needed to continue patching these OS's via Radia.
For those who will be extending security patch support with Microsoft and require custom XML descriptor file support to continue to distribute the security patches via Radia Patch Manager, please open a case with our support department requesting details about our XML descriptor file program to manage out of support Windows Operating Systems.
Once we have the details about how Microsoft will be delivering the security updates we will update this post with more information.