Let me summarize these changes and explain what it means by using an example:
Today April 13, 2010 marks the end of support for SQL Server 2008 RTM (remember this just for the RTM version. Full support exists for SQL Server 2008 SP1). This includes any cumulative updates to the RTM version. Prior to this lifecycle change, this meant that if you called Microsoft Technical Support we would not be able to help you unless you had purchased a customer support agreement.
With this change, we will “now take your call” to help you
but provide limited troubleshooting
. What is limited? Here is how the lifecycle team explains it:
Break/fix support incidents will be provided through Microsoft Customer Service and Support; and through Microsoft’s managed support offerings (such as
There will be no option to engage Microsoft’s product development resources, and technical workarounds may be limited or not available.
If the support incident requires escalation to development for further guidance, requires a hotfix, or requires a security update, customers will be asked to upgrade to a supported service pack.
So you can expect us to help you find a solution or answer but that answer won’t involve engaging the product development team, a deep dive into root cause of your issue, new hotfix requests, or extensive troubleshooting techniques that could last for weeks. We haven’t established fixed time limits but as you can see our ability to find exactly the answer you want may be limited. There will be situations when we have to tell you that the only solution is to upgrade to a supported service pack level.
This does not affect customers who purchase a custom support agreement. These customers do not have the same limitations as described here so they are getting the extra benefit of full support.
I will continue to monitor any future updates to any of our support polices on our blog. Look for the tag called