SQL Server 2000 NOT "Supported" on Vista
According to this article Microsoft plans to further erode acceptance of Vista by not “supporting” any version of SQL Server other than 2005 SP1. This means existing SQL Server customers running older versions (the vast majority) will have a choice. Upgrade to SQL Server 2005 SKUs and bear the expense to redesign, recode, retest, and redeploy or not move to Vista. This is not that easy (as some might lead you to believe). Take MSDE for example. It supports replication subscriptions—SQL Server Express does not. The question is, what does “support” mean? Does it mean that Microsoft won’t let MSDE or SQL Server 2000 install on Vista? I don’t know—but I’m going to find out.
If you add to this the inability of many existing XP systems to upgrade at all (they require a new OS and complete reinstall of installed software) I foresee a dismal beginning to the Vista OS. Perhaps it’s really just a games platform designed for Betty and Bob consumer and the OEMs who want an OS that makes their existing platforms obsolete so they can sell replacement iron.