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Starting from April 12, 2016,the extended support for SQL Server 2005 ended.

If you are still running SQL Server 2005, you will no longer receive security updates. Upgrade to SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, or Azure SQL Database—and achieve breakthrough performance, maintain security and compliance, and optimize your data platform infrastructure.

Actually most of VMware platforms (and not only) are not supporting it from serveral versions, but during an upgrade process can happen to find some old database server. Be sure to plan carefully your upgrade path. Remember also that the mainstream support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 has ended on July 8, 2014 (the extended support for those products will finish on July, 9 2019).

Microsoft is ending support for these products as part of its Support Lifecycle policy.

To learn more about the differences betwee mainstream and extended support see this post.