SQL Server 2005 SP3 is publicly confirmed
April 15th, 20086
SQL Server 2005 SP3 is publicly confirmed
April 15th, 20086

Microsoft has committed publicly to releasing Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005.  Francois Ajenstat first talked about it very recently here.  While there were some casual mentions of the release in some responses to Connect items, I wanted to be sure it was truly public knowledge before I gave it higher visibility.  You should expect it in Q4 of this year, after SQL Server 2008 is released.

By: Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, write at Simple Talk, SQLPerformance, and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a husband, a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him.

6 Responses

  1. LC says:

    Awesome.  MS should continue the SP program for SQL until the CU packages are fully cluster-aware.  Partial recovery (ie adding a node) in a Win2003/SQL2005 cluster is a PITA when you have any CU package installed.  You have to uninstall them to install any SP so the turnaround time is longer than it should be.  Just my .02…

  2. Hugo Kornelis says:


  3. jerryhung says:


  4. wharrislv says:

    Someone notify Hugo, stat!!

  5. Glenn Berry says:

    I am so glad that Microsoft finally caved on this and agreed to put out SP3.

  6. Uri Dimant says:

    Hi Aaron
    Great news. Finally we will have SP3.Thanks and have a great MVP Summit