SQL Server 2005 Books Online update (December 2008) now available
December 11th, 20085
SQL Server 2005 Books Online update (December 2008) now available
December 11th, 20085

Don't be fooled by the poor title on the page, which still says "SQL Server 2005 Books Online (September 2007)" (clearly a leftover from an earlier BOL update). The text under the overview section also mentions the September 2007 update.  And the page thanking you for downloading says:

Thank You for Downloading
SQL Server 2005 Books Online (September 2007)

The file to download is definitely SqlServer2K5_BOL_Dec2008.msi so this really isn't the September 2007 update.  Curious, though, when I install the update my Books Online document explorer title becomes "Books Online – SQL Server 2005 Books Online (November 2008) …"

It would be great if the publishing process on the downloads site were less prone to these errors and inconsistencies.  Most people will be fine, because they will just know that they have the latest version, in spite of the stuff around.  But I think a lot of people will not discover the download because the title still says September 2007 (an easy fix, let's hope).  And I think there will be other confusion when colleagues ask, "did you get the December BOL update?" "No, I only have the November, is there a newer one?"


What has changed in BOL, you might ask?  Or in other words, "should I bother downloading it?"  Well, there is a new topic called "What's New in SQL Server 2005 SP3," which will be of interest to any^H^H^Hall of you interested in applying this update when it is released – probably also available online, but as others have discussed before, I want that stuff local also, even if it means I wait longer for updates.  And the following sections had topic updates:

  • Installation (1 update)
  • Database Engine (9 updates)
  • Analysis Services (1 update)
  • Integration Services (3 updates
  • Replication (1 update)
  • Reporting Services (8 new topics, 9 updates)
  • Language Reference (15 updates)
  • Tutorials, Samples, and Sample Databases (2 updates)
  • Tools and Utilities Reference (1 update)
  • Error Messages (9 new topics)

So, if you like having Books Online local, there is no reason you should put off downloading and installing this update wherever you use it.

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.

5 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    5 months later its now SqlServer2K5_BOL _Jan2009.msi for January 2009! Still states SQL Server 2005 Books Online (November 2008) – must be those lay-offs…

  2. Chris Wood says:

    At least we know that SP3 is imminent and the link to CU11 KB958735 has gone too.
    Maybe a Christmas present.

  3. Denis Gobo says:

    Maybe BOL is an candidate for ClickOnce?

  4. AaronBertrand says:

    I have been told that this is being fixed momentarily.
    jerryhung, you shouldn't have multiple items in Add/Remove Programs because it allows you to upgrade your existing version in place.  I have applied at least 2 updates to SQL Server 2005 BOL and I only have one item in Add/Remove Programs.

  5. jerryhung says:

    Yeah for staying with Online BOL
    Too many versions of BOL updates confuse me and my Add/Remove program 😛