BizTalk Server Product Lifecycle

BizTalk Server Product Lifecycle

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Introduction


Like software a Microsoft Server product has a lifecycle. It starts when product I released and ends when extend support ends. As soon as supports end no more support will be provided for the product or a service pack for it will be released. So basically when support ends for a product it is end of life. For BizTalk Server the following versions can be considered end of life: 2000, 2002 and 2004. With this article you will get a general view of the support phase the BizTalk versions beyond 2004 are in.

BizTalk Versions with Support


The following versions of BizTalk Server are still supported and have not yet reached the end of life:

 Product Lifecycle Start Date  Mainstream Support End Date  Extended Support End Date Service Pack Support End Date
BizTalk Server 2013 R2
07/31/2014 07/10/2018 07/11/2023  
BizTalk Server 2013 06/12/2013 07/10/2018 07/11/2023  
BizTalk Server 2010 11/14/2010 01/12/2016 01/12/2021  
BizTalk Server 2009 06/21/2009 07/08/2014 07/09/2019  
BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1 04/27/2010 See notes See notes See notes
BizTalk Server 2006 R2  06/23/2006 07/12/2011 07/12/2016 04/12/2011
BizTalk Server 2006 06/23/2006 07/12/2011 07/12/2016  
BizTalk Server 2004 SP2
10/25/2006 See notes See notes See notes
BizTalk Server 2004 05/20/2004 07/14/2009 07/08/2014 04/11/2006

Notes:

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 SP1: Support ends 12 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy at http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#ServicePackSupport.

BizTalk Server 2004 SP2
: Support ends 12 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy at http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#ServicePackSupport.

Mainstream Support Phase

This is the most extensive support phase, where customers can get paid support (per-incident, per hour, and others), security update support, non-security hotfix support, no-charge incident support, warranty claims, design changes and feature requests, product-specific information that is available by using the online Microsoft Knowledge Base, and Product-specific information that is available by using the Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions.

Extended Support Phase

This phase has less support options compared to mainstream phase. Customers can get paid support (per-incident, per hour, and others), security update support, product-specific information that is available by using the online Microsoft Knowledge Base, and Product-specific information that is available by using the Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions.

Upgrade to new version

In case your BizTalk version reaches end of life it may be advisable to upgrade to a new version and migrate the current BizTalk applications to the new version. Yet end of life of BizTalk Server does not perse have to be the driver for an upgrade. There can be other reasons for an upgrade like complete upgrade of the Microsoft platform or parts of it. For instance an enterprise may want to upgrade to an SQL Server version that does is not supported by BizTalk Server. This will lead to an upgrade of BizTalk and possible other server products.

See Also

For information regarding BizTalk Product Lifecycle and versions see:

Another important place to find a huge amount of BizTalk related articles is the TechNet Wiki itself. The best entry point is  BizTalk Server Resources on the TechNet Wiki!

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Comments
  • Steef-Jan Wiggers edited Revision 17. Comment: Added resource links

  • Very useful information!

  • Surprisingly BizTalk Server 2004 is still in Extended Support :)

  • Sandro that is a surprise. Perhaps because there is still a fairly large install base of this version still present today!

  • Probably yes :)... I know a few

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