SQL Server 2005
Explore these resources that help you maintain and support SQL Server 2005.
Changes in SQL Server 2005 Support
On April 12, 2011, SQL Server 2005 transitioned from Mainstream Support to Extended Support, which includes:
- Paid support (charged on an hourly basis per incident). Customers will no longer receive no-charge incident support and warranty claims, and won’t be able to request design changes or features.
- Security update support at no additional cost.
- Non-security related hotfix support will require a separate Extended Hotfix Support Agreement to be purchased within 90 days of the end of Mainstream Support – July 11th, 2011.
What Are Your Options
- Remain on SQL Server 2005 with Extended Support. You can still open support incidents and receive support, however you will not be able to request specific fixes.
- Remain on SQL Server 2005 with Extended Support and purchase Extended Hotfix Support. You can then open support incidents and request specific fixes.
- Upgrade to a supported version of SQL Server.
For more information, see
Includes SQL Server 2005 SP3 cumulative update 1 to 11, customer requested fixes, along with instances of the SQL Server 2005 SP4 Database Engine support for DAC operations.
SQL Server Technologies and Solutions