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SQL Server Support Ending

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SQL Server 2005 support is ending in seven months.  Microsoft sent out the following alert:

This notice is to inform you that SQL Server 2005 extended support will end on April 12, 2016. After this date, no security updates, hotfixes, or Microsoft professional support will be available for SQL Server 2005. Continuing to run the product after the end of support may expose your business to security risks, increased maintenance and operations costs, as well as compliance violations and possibly a fine. 

To avoid the risks of running unsupported software, Microsoft recommends that you migrate to SQL Server 2014 or Azure SQL Database prior to April 12, 2016. You can find more information on how to plan your SQL Server 2005 migration at

You can also access free tools to help you plan your move from SQL Server 2005, including a webinar and short guide outlining how to take advantage of SQL Server improvements.

Microsoft is giving plenty of time and notice to migrate your server, but don't put it off!  While they are providing free resources, you might have further questions or need some guidance.  If you have any questions about this or need help, give us a call at 919-355-5545.