Discontinued support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008

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Microsoft ending support

On July 9, 2019 Microsoft will discontinue extended support of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This officially ends the lifecycle of this SQL version and Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security updates. For more details on Microsoft's lifecycle policy and to search for the planned or past support dates of other Microsoft products, see the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy External link. (What's this?)

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What does this mean for me?

Beginning July 9, 2019 Thomson Reuters will no longer support SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 for our SQL-based applications: Accounting CS, Workpapers CS, Practice CS, FileCabinet CS.

Once we stop supporting these applications in SQL 2008, there will be:

More reasons to update

You should upgrade so that you can have full use and support of your applications. If you don’t upgrade from SQL 2008:

Virtual Office CS and Software as a Service (SaaS)

You do not need to take any action. 

Accounting CS

See How to handle the end of SQL 2008 in Accounting CS

Workpapers CS

See How to handle the end of SQL 2008 in Workpapers CS

Practice CS

As soon as possible and before July 9, 2019, work with your IT professional to complete these steps:

  1. Determine if you are using SQL 2008 or SQL 2008 R2 by following the instructions in How to identify your SQL Server version and edition.
    • If you are using SQL 2012 or later, you do not need to take any action.
    • If you are on SQL 2008, SQL 2008 R2, or earlier, continue to the next step.
  2. To protect your firm's data during this process, create a backup of your database. See Backing up a firm database.
  3. Upgrade your version of SQL.
    • SQL Express Edition: See Upgrading or installing a Microsoft SQL instance.
    • Workgroup, Standard, or Enterprise Edition: work with your qualified IT professional and/or Microsoft to upgrade your SQL version. Then, re-run step 2 of the Practice CS installation to connect Practice CS to the new instance. See Installation Toolkit - Practice CS and skip to the Step 2: Configure Database Server section of the article.

FileCabinet CS

As soon as possible and before July 9, 2019, work with your IT professional to complete these steps:

  1. Determine if you are using SQL 2008 or SQL 2008 R2 by following the instructions in How to identify your SQL Server version and edition.
    • If you are using SQL 2012 or later, you do not need to take any action.
    • If you are on SQL 2008, SQL 2008 R2, or earlier, continue to the next step.
  2. To protect your firm's data during this process, create a backup of your database. See Backing up firm database.
  3. Upgrade your version of SQL.

Internal notes


The ACS and WPCS 2018.4.6 web download and higher includes the SQL SERVER 2014 EXPRESS SP2 in the installer.

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