Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle for SBS 2003

Having a hard time figuring out the Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle (also referred to as the end of life date) for SBS 2003? Selecting one of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 options from makes me feel like I need a flowchart to decipher the notes.

For the easy one, SBS 2003 WITHOUT SBS SP1 went end of life on 7/10/2007. If you still haven’t installed SBS 2003 SP1, do it now!

SBS 2003 SP1 falls under the following rules:

Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy at .

SBS 2003 R2 Premium and Standard fall under these rules:

The support date for this product package is determined by its individual component product’s respective support lifecycles. Please review the individual component product’s support lifecycle to determine its length of support.


Are you wondering when you are going to have time to look all the products up and check ’em out for their individual dates? I was. Thankfully, Lennart Wistrand with the SBS team has done some of the back-end work for us to make it simpler. Use Lennart’s notes below (valid as of 1/11/2009) to help you figure out the end date for your version of SBS03:

Important dates to keep in mind for SBS 2003 when reading its lifecycle.

• Exchange Server 2003’s EOL date is April 8, 2014.
• Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is July 9, 2013.
• SQL Server 2000 goes out of support on April 9, 2013.

Customers would need to be on ISA Server 2004 and WSUS 3.0 for the server to be supported up until these dates. For SBS2K3 R2 customers, the SQL date is later than the Exchange date.

Thank you Lennart!!

12/30/2013 -> New addition to the Microsoft SBS Official Blog! They’ve broken out the products individually for us to keep it very easy to understand:

[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary from Commercial Technical Support]

This blogs post underlines the Product Support Lifecycle of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 and its individual components.

We are publishing this information as SBS 2003 is nearing its end of support. Here are the individual products included with Windows Small Business Server 2003 and their support lifecycle timelines.

The Extended Support End Date for the following products is as follows:

Products Released

Extended Support End Date

Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition      


Windows SharePoint Services 2.0


Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Standard Edition


SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition


Windows Server 2003/2003 R2, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)


Windows Server Update Services 3.0


For more details please browse to and search for individual products.

7 thoughts on “Microsoft Product Support Lifecycle for SBS 2003

  1. Please note that according to the link given above mainstream support for Exchange 2003 has already finished (14/04/2009)

  2. This update is most appreciated.. I’m really glad that you shared this useful piece of information with us. Please keep us up to date like this.Thanks for sharing..

  3. Microsoft support lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability when a product releases and throughout that product’s life. By understanding the product support available, customers are better able to maximize the management of their IT investments and strategically plan for a successful IT future..

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