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D-Day for SQL 2000 - April 8, 2008

It came up on me fast.  Mainstream support ends tomorrow for SQL Server 2000.  There is still a lot of SQL Server 2000 out there running.  Customers still can get support with a price.  As I do my speaking engagements, I always ask the audience how much SQL 2000 is still LIVE in their production environments.  It is still currently over 50% from my unscientific reading of the audiences.  The question that many people have asked is "Should I Upgrade Now to 2005 or wait for 2008?".  While the ultimate answer is "It depends", it looks like a lot of people are still comfortable waiting for 2008.  I still run into a customer with 7.0 or even an occasional 6.5 running.  With the launch parties of SQL Server 2008 already going on, there are a lot of great reasons to upgrade to the 2005/2008 generation of database, but SQL Server 2000 can still get the job done in many environments even in its waning moments.
Published Monday, April 07, 2008 5:52 PM by RickHeiges
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nahidy said:

As did support for SQL 2005 SP1... we got caught short-sighted on that one while focusing on the SQL 2000 deadline.  As usually happens when the warranty runs out, something goes wrong the next day (or week as it turned out) and we discovered that we had twice as many servers running SQL 2005 SP1 as we originally thought.  

May 5, 2008 11:51 PM

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