· What will change :
· Self-Help Online Support will be available for a minimum of 12 months. Example: Microsoft online Knowledge Base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools, and other resources, that help customers resolve common issues.
· Updates to this software will stop and customers will no longer receive patches, including security updates.
What Are available Options :
· Upgrade to a supported version of SQL Server.
· Find out more about a Custom Support Agreement (CSA).
· Run SQL Server 2000 unsupported with access to Self-Help Online Support only (not recommended).
· Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 is not recommended as SQL Server 2005 is also transitioned from Mainstream Support to Extended Support.
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