Microsoft announced that the 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 SP3 and SQL Server 2005 SP4 will end on April 12, 2011, and SP Support for SQL Server 2008 SP1 will end on Oct'11.
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 SQL Server version ensures that your product remains supported per 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've an Extended Hotfix Support agreement.
For SQL Server 2008 SP1, Microsoft's offering Custom Support for companies that've 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," stated Microsoft.
[tags]sql server 2005,sql server 2008[/tags]