On April 12th of 2016, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 will reach its end-of-life (similar to what happened recently with Windows XP). This means there will no longer be any more support or updates from Microsoft. Think of the critical data you may have that exists in your environment that runs on the platform. If you don't move off of SQL Server 2005 and it breaks (i.e. maintenance program that isn't operating properly, bad bit of data getting into the data base, etc.), you could be in some serious trouble. You need to look at the workloads you have in SQL and what the impact will be if you stay on the platform. Watch the video below as I dive deeper into the topic.
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*Also, please note in the video I said you have 8 or 9 months to get this fixed. We filmed this video a while back but waited to release it a little closer to the EOL date when it would be on people's radars. Again, the EOL date is April 12, 2016.
By David Barter, Practice Manager, Microsoft Technologies