The extended support for SQL Server 2005 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 2012 or SQL Server 2014 prior to April 12, 2016. You can find more information on how to plan your SQL Server 2005 migration at www.microsoft.com/sqlserverupgrade.
Microsoft also provides 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.
If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, Microsoft’s extended support ended in July, and you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. Microsoft recommends migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2. Click here for more information on migration.
Tribute, Inc. recommends running their business management software, TrulinX, for industrial distributors and fabricators in the fluid power and motion control industry on Windows Server 2012 R2 and MS SQL Server 2012 operating system.