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