SQL Server 2005 End-of-Service – April 12, 2016


Josh Condie – SQL Server 2005 is approaching the end of its support on April 12, 2016. With end of support, security updates and hotfixes are no longer available from Microsoft. So there’s never been a better time to upgrade and benefit from the dramatic performance gains, higher availability and scalability and rich BI capabilities SQL Server 2014 has to offer.

That April 2016 date seems a ways out there.  It’s NOT.  10 months is reasonable to achieve migration of Windows Server workloads, and perhaps even messaging environments, but databases (especially application runtimes) are a different beast.  Much more planning, testing and certification goes into keeping an operational workload (ie., AP, AR, GL, Inventory, POS, CRM, etc.) up and running while you upgrade the backend data tier.  It get’s even more complex if the application itself is being upgraded.  And with SQL 2005 environments, most are very old on the application tier as well.  So this blog will begin a series of discovery around the event, the opportunity for partners, the resources for migration, and choices destination (on-prem, hosted, public cloud infrastructure).

4 key SQL 2005 EOS resources for the coming 10 months:

  1. Microsoft’s Public InfoPortal for 2005 End-of-Service is HERE
  2. Video Presentation: Panel discussion with Spiceworks moderator, MS SME, and 2 SMB Customers (on-demand) HERE
  3. Detailed White Paper on Migration Options by Directions HERE
  4. SQL 2005 Migration Datasheet HERE 

Finally, a great set of thru-partner resources (BOM) on our Ready-to-Go Marketing website to help you get your organization ready for the opportunity:

SQL Server 2005 End of Support Campaign:

​Extended support for SQL Server 2005 is ending on April 12, 2016. At that time, all support for SQL Server 2005 will cease. This is a great opportunity to support customers in their migration to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database. SQL Server 2005 End of Support is an opportunity to modernize your customer’s data platform and infrastructure.

Use this content to foster conversations about what end of support means for your customers’ businesses, what they can achieve by upgrading their data platform and where to migrate to. In addition to content on this page, you can also leverage content in the Data Insights campaign to extend your conversations and opportunities

Campaign Includes:

  • Upgrading to SQL Server 2014 Customer Presentation
  • SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Discussion Guide
  • SQL Server 2005 End of Support Customer Email
  • SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Datasheet
  • SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Datasheet
  • SQL Server and Windows Server End of Support Customer Email
  • SQL Server 2005 End of Support MAP Toolkit
  • SQL Server 2014 Upgrade Advisor

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