Windows NT Retirement Cycle


Microsoft has announced the Windows NT Server 4.0 Retirement Cycle schedule:


  • October 1, 2001 Product:
    Volume licensing no longer available for Standard and Enterprise editions of NT
    Server.
  • July 1, 2002 Product:
    Reseller channels can not sell Standard, Enterprise or Terminal Server.
  • January 1, 2003 Support:
    Microsoft will charge a fee to customers requesting non-security Quick Fix
    Engineering (QFE) hot fixes.
  • July 1, 2003 Product:
    System builder channel can not sell Standard Edition.
  • January 1, 2004 Support:
    Pay-per-incident and premier support for Windows NT Server will not be
    available.
    I doubt they will be able to drop support for NT server but we
    will see.
I will use this page for Windows NT Server Retirement info.
If you haven’t started on a migration plan to Windows 2000, check the above
schedule and consider how much time you have left.

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