End of Mainstream Support For SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2

SQL Server 2008

Microsoft ended mainstream support for SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 effective July 8, 2014. Microsoft recommends all customers to prepare and execute their upgrade plans as early as possible to complete their plans to move from this older version to a newer version before extended support ends in 2019.  They want to remind you that remaining current with SQL Server ensures that you will get proper product support per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

What Does This Mean?

For the vast majority of Microsoft customer, you will see nothing different. You instance of SQL Server 2008 / 2008 R2 will continue to operate as they always have, and you will continue to get security updates. Even though extended support will continue for a while, now is the perfect time to start looking into upgrading your SQL Server environment to SQL Server 2014. Even if you want to move to SQL Server 2012, you will need to buy a license for SQL Server 2014 and downgrade to SQL Server 2012.

Will I Continue To Receive Support From Microsoft?

You will continue to get:

  • Paid support (Per-incident, per hour, and others)
  • Security update support
  • Non-security hotfix support, if you purchase an extended hotfix agreement before October 10th, 2014. The Extended Hotfix Support program is available exclusively to Microsoft customers with Premier Support. Enrollment in the program is on an annual basis and the pricing for Extended Hotfix Support consists of an annual program fee, plus an additional fee for each non-security hotfix that customers receive
  • Product specific information in the online Microsoft Knowledge Base
  • Product-specific information using the Support site at Microsoft Help

You will not continue to get:

  • No-charge incident support
  • Warranty claims
  • Design changes and features requests
  • Non-security hotfix support, unless you purchased the extended support detailed above

Products Released

Lifecycle Start Date

Mainstream Support End Date

Extended Support End Date

SQL Server 2008




SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1


Not Applicable

Not Applicable

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2


Not Applicable

Not Applicable

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3


Review Note

Review Note

SQL Server 2008 R2




SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1


Not Applicable

Not Applicable

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2


Review Note

Review Note

More details regarding the SQL 2008 / 2008 R2 End of Mainstream Support can be found here.


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