Previous versions of SQL Server documentation

The documentation for several older versions of SQL Server is archived. This article describes how to access documentation for previous versions in both online and offline formats.

Online documentation

To access the online documentation for SQL Server 2005 - 2014, see SQL Server previous versions documentation.

Offline documentation

To access offline content for SQL Server 2012 (11.x) and later versions, see Install SQL Server documentation to view offline in SSMS.


SQL Server 2014 (12.x) Transact-SQL content is only available offline.

Lifecycle policy

Review the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy for information about how a specific product, service, or technology is supported.

For specific guidance on your options for SQL Server end of support, see SQL Server end of support options.