End of Mainstream support for SQL Server 2005 SP1 and SQL Server 2000 SP4

We would like to remind all customers that Mainstream support for SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) and Mainstream support for SQL Server 2005 SP1 will both end on April 8, 2008 (see previous blog).   Microsoft will continue technical support for these versions, which also includes security updates for these Service Packs.  Microsoft is ending Mainstream support for these products as part of our Service Pack support policy, found 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 service pack installation ensures that your products remain supported per the Support Lifecycle policy.  Additionally, your software benefits from the many enhancements, fixes, and security updates provided through the latest service pack.

 

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.  Custom and/or extended support is currently offered for:

                SQL Server 2000 SP3a

                SQL Server 2000 SP4

                SQL Server 2005 SP1

 

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

 

Product

Version

SP

Mainstream Support End Date

Extended Support End Date

Options / Notes

SQL Server

2000

SP3a

01/07/2003

07/10/2007

See blog; Technical support ends as of 7/10/2007; options after this date:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð  Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 SP2

ð  Custom support agreement

SQL Server

2000

SP4

04/08/2008

04/09/2013

Technical support continues till 4/9/2013, yet mainstream (hotfix) support ends as of 4/8/2008; options for hotfix support after 4/8/2008:

ð  Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 SP2

ð  Extended support agreement

SQL Server

2005

RTM (SP0)

07/10/2007

07/10/2007

Technical support ends as of 7/10/2007; options for technical and/or mainstream (hotfix) support after this date:

ð  Continue with self-help

ð  Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 SP2

ð  No custom or extended support offerings are planned at this time; customers should work with their TAMs for custom support needs.

SQL Server

2005

SP1

04/08/2008

Not Applicable

Technical support ends as of 4/8/2008; options for hotfix support after 4/8/2008:

ð  Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 SP2

ð  Custom support agreement

SQL Server

2005

SP2

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Support ends either 12 or 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. Visit the Lifecycle page to find the support timelines for your particular product.

SQL CE

2000

2.0

01/08/2008

01/08/2013

Technical support continues till 1/8/2013, yet mainstream (hotfix) support ends as of 1/8/2008; options for hotfix support after 1/8/2008:

ð  Upgrade to SQL CE 3.0 or  SQLCE 3.1