What will change:
SQL Server 2000
On 4/9/2013, Extended Support for SQL Server 2000 will come to an end, and SQL Server 2000 will no longer be supported. After this date:
- Updates to this software will stop and so you will no longer receive patches including security updates.
- Self-Help Online Support will be available for a minimum of 12 months.
On 4/12/2011, SQL Server 2005 will transition from Mainstream Support to Extended Support, which includes:
- Paid support (charged on an hourly basis per incident). Customers will no longer receive no-charge incident support and warranty claims, and won’t be able to request design changes or features.
- Security update support at no additional cost.
- Non-security related hotfix support will require a separate Extended Hotfix Support Agreement to be purchased within 90 days of the end of Mainstream Support – July 11th, 2011.
Contact your software vendor to ask if they sell the so called 'Runtime' license of SQL Server. A Runtime license is much cheaper than a full license (up to 40%). Both license versions have exactly the same functionality. There is only a difference in the applications you are going to use with SQL Server. The Microsoft SQL Server Runtime license allows a customer to use SQL Server only with the vendors applications. The customer is restricted from using this SQL Server software to run other applications or to develop new applications, databases, or tables. So if you uses your SQL server with only applications of software vendor X, you can buy a run time license from software vendor X.