Support for SQL Server 2005 SP2 and SQL Server 2008 RTM ends soon!
Its the time again that you should re-visit your database platform to ensure none of the SQL instances fall within SQL Server 2005 Service Pack2 or SQL Server 2008 RTM editions!
It is quite common scenario that few of Enterprises may not have gone to upto date service pack on SQL Server 2005 which is SP3 & SQL Server 2008 which is SP1. So here is the reminder for you to ensure to upgrade the 2005 & 2008 instances to upto date service packs, by testing them thoroughly which is a best practice.
Its a reminder that service pack support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on January 12, 2010 and support for SQL Server 2008 RTM will end on April 13, 2010. For more information about the Service Pack support policy visit http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle link. What it means that both of these release versions will no longer receive assisted support or security updates from Microsoft after their respective end of support dates. Self-Help online support will continue to be available for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of support. Self-Help options include public knowledge base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools which are typically available from http://support.microsoft.com and the Microsoft Download Center.
Better be workout the possibilities and test the application against latest service pack to keep up the database platform as a part of industry best practices.