Microsoft Support Lifecycle


When you are doing migration and upgrade projects where Micosoft technology is used it is necessary to have knowledge about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. This means identifying the server and software state regarding when the installations go into “Mainstream” and “Extended” support. In my case, most of the servers run Windows Server and SQL Server.

Windows Server Released Mainstream End Date Extended End Date NOV-2013 JULY-2016 JULY-2019
Windows Server 2000 31.03.2000 30.06.2005 13.07.2010 Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Server 2003 Standard  28.05.2003 13.07.2010 14.07.2015 Extended Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 22.10.2009 13.01.2015 14.01.2020 OK Extended Extended
Windows Server 2012 Standard 30.10.2012 09.01.2018 10.01.2023 OK OK Extended
SQL Server Released Mainstream End Date Extended End Date NOV-2013 JULY-2016 JULY-2019
SQL Server 2000 30.11.2000 08.04.2008 09.04.2013 Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported
SQL Server 2005 14.01.2006 12.04.2011 12.04.2016 Extended Unsupported Unsupported
SQL Server 2008 R2 20.07.2010 08.07.2014 09.07.2019 OK Extended Unsupported
SQL Server 2012 20.05.2012 11.07.2017 12.07.2022 OK OK Extended
Dynamic CRM Released Mainstream End Date Extended End Date NOV-2013 JULY-2016 JULY-2019
CRM 3 01.12.2005 12.04.2011 12.04.2016 Extended Unsupported Unsupported
CRM 4 29.02.2008 09.04.2013 10.04.2018 Extended Extended Unsupported
CRM 2011 18.05.2011 12.07.2016 13.07.2021 OK Extended Extended
CRM 2013 12.01.2014 08.01.2019 09.01.2024 OK OK Extended
Sharepoint Server Released Mainstream End Date Extended End Date NOV-2013 JULY-2016 JULY-2019
Sharepoint 2007 27.01.2007 09.10.2012 10.10.2017 Extended Extended Unsupported
Sharepoint 2010 15.07.2010 13.10.2015 13.10.2020 OK Extended Extended
Sharepoint 2013 09.01.2013 10.04.2018 11.04.2023 OK OK Extended

As you might notice, Windows Server 2000 and SQL Server 2000 is now unsupported by Microsoft. This means that if you have production systems running on these versions today, you are relying on your own backup to work if something goes completly wrong and you are not able to recover to a normal state for your servers. In most cases, you will need to rebuild the systems with a newer version and convert data.

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