UPDATE 2008-12-16, from the team, regarding SP3 CU1:
| CU#1 on SP3 is nothing but a rollup of fixes from SP2 CU#10 and SP2 CU#11 that did not make it into SP3 release as these hotfix requests had come in during the stabilization phase of the SP3 development cycle. SP3 CU#1 does not contain any new fixes other than the ones in SP2 CU#10 and SP2 CU#11. This is just a Post Service Pack Rollup for customers who are going to upgrade from SP2 CU#10 and SP2 CU#11 to catch up on their hotfixes.
SP3 CU#1 will be released in a few days which is the first time ever we are releasing a Post Service Pack rollup in record time. Previously customers had to wait for a month at-least to get their hotfixes rolled up into the latest Service Pack. The KB article for SP3 CU#1 was published before time and as a result had to be taken down. This will become live in a few days.
At long last, SP3 is here. I will save my comments for later but wanted to get the news out right away!
For those that keep track, the build number is 9.00.4035.
Remember, if you are on 32-bit (including 32-bit on x64), download the file with x86 in the name. If you are running true 64-bit SQL Server on Windows x64, download the file with x64 in the name. And if you are on Itanium, you want the file with IA64 in the name…