On April 12, 2016, Microsoft officially discontinued support for the SQL Server 2005. But what is the SQL Server and how does the end of support affect your practice management?
Simply put, the SQL Server is a Microsoft data server application used to manage and store information. Universal Office, as well as other SQL-based applications, require the SQL Server to store and manipulate business data.
As of last year, the machines running the SQL Server 2005 no longer receive security updates. We talk about the importance of Windows updates and recommend tips on how to keep your data protected in our Security From Inside Out blog post.
So why is having one of the latest supported versions of the SQL Server is so important? Those versions add new features, improve performance, fix errors and patch security loopholes that could leave your data vulnerable to malicious software.
Here are a few of the many benefits of using one of the latest versions of the Microsoft SQL Server:
- Your system will receive all Windows updates that include fixes for discovered errors and security issues that could lead to potential system damage and compromising of data.
- With the help of updates, the system will be introduced to new features.
- Larger storage of 10 GB (with SQL 2014) and faster database performance.
Take a look at our Meet System Requirements for Optimal Software Experience blog to get the most out of your OS.
We could all agree that running software updates isn’t the most pleasant experience. However, updates play a critical role in keeping the computer environment safe. We recommend switching to the 2014 version of the SQL server because it’s been on the market for a few years and it’s proven to be stable.
As for any other software, there are certain requirements to install and run the SQL Server. Take a look at our website to make sure your computer meets the minimum server requirements, and reference this article for help on determining the version of operating system on your server (Windows 10 Pro, Windows Server 2012, etc).
Tip: Don’t worry if your current server computer fails to meet those requirements. Since we can transfer your database to a different computer, check other computers in the office for compatibility.
Give our technical support team a call to check your version of SQL, and if necessary, to book the installation of a new Microsoft SQL Server.