End of Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 and End of Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2008 SP1

We would like to remind all customers that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 will end on April 12, 2011, and Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 will end on October 11, 2011.  Microsoft is ending support for these products as part of our Support Lifecycle policy, found in http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle

 

Customers are encouraged to prepare and execute on their upgrade and/or sustained engineering plans as early as possible for these SQL versions.  Remaining current on your SQL Server version ensures that your product remains supported per the Support Lifecycle policy.  Additionally, your software benefits from the many enhancements, fixes, and security updates provided through the latest releases.

 

For SQL Server 2005 SP3 and SQL Server 2005 SP4, Microsoft will continue to provide technical support which also includes security updates during the duration of extended support.  See the table below for extended support end date.  Non-security hotfixes for these versions will be offered only to customers who have an Extended Hotfix Support agreement.  Please refer to http://www.microsoft.com/microsoftservices/en/us/support_premier_addons_ehs.aspx for more information.

 

For SQL Server 2008 SP1, Microsoft is offering Custom Support for companies that have not had a chance to migrate, but wish to maintain their existing IT environment while they migrate to a supported product. If you would like further information on Custom Support please contact your Technical Account Manager or Account Representative for additional details. 

 

Below is a more detailed table listing versions in or close to end of the support cycle, together with possible options / actions.

 

Product

Version

SP

Mainstream Support End Date

Extended Support End Date

Options / Notes

SQL Server

7.0

SP4

12/31/2005

01/11/2011

Technical support ends as of 01/11/2011; options for technical and/or hotfix support after this date:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð   Upgrade to the latest supported service pack for SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2

ð  Custom support agreement

SQL Server

2000

SP4

04/08/2008

04/09/2013

Technical support continues till 04/09/2013, yet mainstream (hotfix) support ends as of 04/08/2008; options for hotfix support after 04/08/2008:

ð   Upgrade to the latest supported service pack for SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2

ð  Extended hotfix support agreement

SQL Server

2005

RTM (SP0)

07/10/2007

Not applicable

Technical support ends as of 07/10/2007; options for technical and/or hotfix support after this date:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð  Upgrade to the latest supported service pack for SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2

SQL Server

2005

SP1

04/08/2008

Not Applicable

Technical support ends as of 04/08/2008; options for technical and/or hotfix support after this date:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð  Upgrade to the latest supported service pack for SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2

SQL Server

2005

SP2

01/12/2010

Not Applicable

Technical support ends as of 01/12/2010; options for technical and/or hotfix support after this date:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð  Upgrade to the latest supported service pack for SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2

ð  Custom support agreement

SQL Server

2005

SP3

04/12/2011

01/10/2012

Technical support continues till 01/10/2012, yet mainstream (hotfix) support ends as of 04/12/2011; options for hotfix support after 04/12/2011:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð  Upgrade to the latest supported service pack for SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2

ð  Custom support agreement