So, as the title says, the Mainstream Support period for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 will end on 08/01/2013 (just under 14 months away). This is for ALL versions of the product – RTM, R2 and R3 and all service packs.
OK, 2013 is, like, sooooo far away. And even then, under the terms of Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle agreement there will be another five years of Extended support.
But, once the product moves to Extended support, the only updates which Microsoft will make available are security updates and Knowledgebase articles – no more product development, no more service packs, no more functionality hotfixes (unless it’s also a security issue). You will only be able to get non-security hotfixes if you’re paying for them (and have signed up to the requisite agreement with Microsoft within 90 days of Mainstream Support ending).
Configuration Manager 2007 is an awesome product, but with the imminent release of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (which has only recently had the Release Candidate made publically available), NOW is the time to get planning to migrate. There’s lot that you can do to prepare your existing SCCM 2007 environment, and while the migration can be complex, it’s also very streamlined and very well supported.
Check out my SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012 migration presentation from TechEd Australia if you’d like to know more.
It may not seem like much time between the release of SCCM 2012 (guesstimated to be early 2012) and the end of mainstream support for SCCM 2007. Therefore, the time to get the migration planned and preparations made is right NOW. There will be many Microsoft partners in a position to assist with this – the company I work for, Dilignet, has already been doing a lot of work with SCCM 2012, so we’re positioned to help you get your Configuration Manager architecture ready for the next big move (yes I know – shameless plug).