Products coming to end of support life

Got an email from John, my MS partner account manager. He was forwarding on a newsletter called the “Microsoft Support Lifecycle Customer Informational Update”.

Some relevant (SBS-ised) inclusions are:

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a — Support Ended July 10, 2007, Custom Support available
On July 10, 2007, SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a (SP3a) transitioned out of its supported lifecycle. Custom Support will be available and additional details are available from your Technical Account Manager or Account Representative.

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 0 — Support Ended July 10, 2007
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 0 (SP0) transitioned out of support on July 10, 2007. Microsoft recommends customers upgrade to Service Pack 1. Please note that Custom Support is not available for this Service Pack.

Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 — Support Ends January 8, 2008
Support for Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will end on January 8, 2008.  Customers currently on Service Pack 1 should consider migrating to Service Pack 2.

There are tables included in the newsletter with plenty of products listed showing when mainstream and extended support finish. At the very least you should take note of when key applications being used are being “expired” – don’t want to be caught short.

Note the following URLs:

Microsoft Support Lifecycle Site:   Frequently Asked Questions: Service Pack Information:

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 (sorry about the mixed fonts – it was the cut & paste!!)

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