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Seeing the following post on the ConfigMgr Support Team blog made me reflect on the beginning of the end for SMS 2003. The product has evolved immensely since I started working with it over 11 years ago (SMS 2.0 SP2), and every iteration the product has gotten better. Of course there is always a trade-off between improvements and the pain that goes with them and there was a lot of pain with regards to IIS and this new Site System called a “Management Point” when SMS 2003 shipped but all in all the benefits have far outweighed the pain.
Sure this is the beginning of the end of SMS 2003 but with ConfigMgr firmly established and v.Next (or ConfigMgr 2010), on the way it has never been a better time to be in this space.
Mainstream support for SMS 2003 will end on January 12th, 2010. On January 12, 2010, SMS 2003 will be entering the extended phase of support.
What is the difference between Mainstream Support, Extended Support, and online self-help support?
Note: A hotfix is a modification to the commercially available Microsoft product software code to address specific critical problems. For details, see http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy and the Lifecycle calendar for SMS 2003
See the Configuration Manager Upgrade and Interoperability Planning and Deployment documentation for help on planning your upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer”
Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2009/12/17/sms-mainstream-support-for-sms-2003-will-end-on-january-12-2010.aspx