Secure Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial) will reach the end of its free initial five-year security maintenance period on April, 30 2021. It is supported until 2024 through Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) with either an Ubuntu Pro premium image or by attaching a UA subscription.

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Keep your Azure Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems secure

You should evaluate if you can easily move your instances to either Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS before April 30, 2021.

If you would like to keep using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Canonical is delighted to offer at least three-additional years of Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) available with the Ubuntu Pro 16.04 LTS premium image or through an Ubuntu Advantage subscription.

Ubuntu Pro 16.04 is priced at 3.0-4.5% of your average compute cost of your existing 16.04 LTS instances with hourly billing, or alternatively you can get an Ubuntu Advantage subscription starting at $75 per VM per year.

Upgrading Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Azure to Ubuntu Pro

New or redeployed instances

For fresh Ubuntu 16.04 instances, or if you are able to redeploy your workload, we recommend using Ubuntu Pro images. Ubuntu Pro for Azure is a premium image, optimised for Azure with security and compliance features built in, and optimised for the public cloud.

Ubuntu Pro includes security coverage for the entire collection of software packages shipped with Ubuntu, tracking high and critical CVEs. It is ideal for companies that have embraced open source for their new products.

Launch Ubuntu Pro 16.04 LTS on Azure

Upgrading existing instances

If you are looking to upgrade your existing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Azure instances you can enable the Ubuntu Advantage subscription directly from the Azure marketplace.

See a tutorial for this process. Please note that this will enable Ubuntu Advantage for all Ubuntu instances under the selected subscription.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS support lifecycle

  Released End of Life Extended security maintenance
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS April 2022 April 2027
Ubuntu 21.10 October 2021 July 2022
Ubuntu 21.04 April 2021 January 2022
Ubuntu 20.10 October 2020 July 2021
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS April 2020 April 2025 April 2030
Ubuntu 19.10 October 2019 July 2020
Ubuntu 19.04 April 2019 January 2020
Ubuntu 18.10 October 2018 July 2019
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS April 2018 April 2023 April 2028
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS April 2016 April 2021 April 2024
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS April 2014 April 2019 April 2022
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS April 2012 April 2017 April 2019
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS April 2010 April 2015

Microsoft and Canonical joint webinar on 16.04 migration strategies and options

Microsoft and Canonical partnered on a joint webinar to help you through this evaluation process. The webinar covers the following topics:

  • The benefits and risks of an in place upgrade from LTS-LTS
  • Redeployment and migration of workloads to later LTS releases if they support it
  • Application version differences between Ubuntu 16.04 and later LTS releases and the impacts this may have on migration
  • Backup strategies before migration
  • Easy migration of Azure pipelines from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04
  • Commercial options for remaining on Ubuntu 16.04 with security maintenance
Watch the full webinar