Customers leveraging older releases of Microsoft’s database platform should be aware of imminent end of support deadlines and act accordingly by upgrading their IT infrastructure to the latest versions of SQL Server. “SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 support ends next week January 12, 2010. You should upgrade to SQL 2005 SP3 or SQL 2008 SP1 immediately. SQL Server 2008 RTM support ends on April 13, 2010. You should make plans to upgrade to SQL Server 2008 SP1 soon,” revealed. “What does this “end of support” mean to you? You cannot call or open a case with CSS for technical support if you’re running these versions after the dates above. There’re only 2 exceptions to this: You’re contacting CSS to get help with an upgrade to a supported version. You’ve a Premier Support Agreement and have purchased something called a Custom Support Agreement (CSA) (contact your Technical Account Manager if you want to consider this option). Microsoft won’t produce any hotfixes or security updates for these specific versions (Custom Support Agreement customers are the exception),” Bob Ward revealed.