SQL Server 2005 SP3 is publicly confirmed

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.

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, speak frequently at conferences, and write at SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips. I recently joined the team at Wayfair and hope to blog about some of the scale challenges I've already started helping to solve.

6 Responses

  1. Uri Dimant says:

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

  2. Glenn Berry says:

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

  3. wharrislv says:

    Someone notify Hugo, stat!!

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  6. 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…