Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 follows the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

This applies to the following editions: Datacenter, Developer, Enterprise, Express, Express with Advanced Services, Standard, Standard Edition for Small Business, Web, Workgroup

Support dates are shown in the Pacific Time Zone (PT) - Redmond, WA, USA.

Support Dates

Listing Start Date Mainstream End Date Extended End Date
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 2008-11-06T00:00:00.000-08:00 2014-07-08T22:59:59.999-08:00 2019-07-09T22:59:59.999-08:00


Version Start Date End Date
Extended Security Update Year 4 (Azure only) 2022-07-13T00:00:00.000-08:00 2023-07-11T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 3 2021-07-14T00:00:00.000-08:00 2022-07-12T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 2 2020-07-15T00:00:00.000-08:00 2021-07-13T22:59:59.999-08:00
Extended Security Update Year 1 2019-07-10T00:00:00.000-08:00 2020-07-14T22:59:59.999-08:00
Service Pack 4 2014-07-07T00:00:00.000-08:00 2019-07-09T22:59:59.999-08:00
Service Pack 3 2011-10-06T00:00:00.000-08:00 2015-10-13T22:59:59.999-08:00
Service Pack 2 2010-09-24T00:00:00.000-08:00 2012-10-09T22:59:59.999-08:00
Service Pack 1 2009-03-31T00:00:00.000-08:00 2011-10-11T22:59:59.999-08:00
Original Release 2008-11-06T00:00:00.000-08:00 2010-04-13T22:59:59.999-08:00


*Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available for the Datacenter, Standard, Enterprise, Web, and Workgroup editions of this product, for up to an additional three years past the end of support. Contact your Microsoft partner or account team to learn more.


For IA64 only, SP3 will be supported until 7/9/2019.


  • Datacenter
  • Developer
  • Enterprise
  • Express
  • Express with Advanced Services
  • Standard
  • Standard Edition for Small Business
  • Web
  • Workgroup