As of the April 12th 2016, Extended support for Micrsoft SQL Server® 2005 ends. Of course, this does not mean it will just stop working, so what are the implications of running an unsupported version of SQL Server?
Let us first look at the 2 levels of support offered on by Microsoft in their Support Lifecycle – Mainstream Support and Extended Support.
This applies to the first 5 years (typically) of a products life, and inculdes:
This applies to the next 5 years (typically) of the products life and includes pretty much only security hotfixes and paid support.
When SQL Server 2005 leaves extended support, there will be no security or compliance updates, and no back up from Microsoft to your partner should there be an issue that the