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 for this product has ended. See migration guidance below.

Support Dates

Listing Start Date Mainstream End Date Extended End Date
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 11/06/2008 07/08/2014 07/09/2019


Version Start Date End Date
Service Pack 4 07/07/2014 07/09/2019
Service Pack 3 10/06/2011 10/13/2015
Service Pack 2 09/24/2010 10/09/2012
Service Pack 1 03/31/2009 10/11/2011
Original Release 11/06/2008 04/13/2010


Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available for the Datacenter, Standard, Enterprise, Web, Workgroup, and Embedded editions of this product, for up to an additional three years past the end of support.


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