SQL Server 2005 SP3 is available!

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…

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 SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him. If I've helped you out, consider thanking me with a coffee. :-)

11 Responses

  1. Uri Dimant says:

    Hi Aaron
    Have a great vacation, yes , sure, I will be waiting for you validation. We have a clustered environment with two node,64 bit.
    Thank you very much

  2. AaronBertrand says:

    More information posted today on the SQL Server Releases blog:
    Noticeably absent is any mention of CU1 for SP3.  I will let you know when I know more.

  3. AaronBertrand says:

    Also, please, note, if you are upgrading to SP3 from CU10 (9.00.3294) or CU11 (9.00.3301), you will need an additional hotfix to obtain all the fixes, called "SP3 CU1" (jerryhung you were not far off).
    Of course, at this time, SP3 CU1 is not yet available.  Please keep trying.  More information is available in the "list of fixes" article for SP3, KB #955706.
    List of fixes in SP3:
    SP3 CU1 (not yet available):
    SP2 CU10 (9.00.3294):
    SP2 CU11 (9.00.3301):

  4. AaronBertrand says:

    Many of the first downloaders had issues with a corrupt file and/or hanging install, possibly why the download was pulled and then reinstated several hours later.
    Uri, yes I had issues with the CTP of SP3 not installing correctly on a couple of clusters.  The engine was updated, as far as I can tell, but setup and the logs are trying to tell me otherwise.  This did not happen on any non-clustered instances.  I have been told that this problem was fixed prior to 4035, but if you want to wait for me to validate that, it will be a while (I am on vacation until Jan. 5th).  I don't really feel like messing with clusters at work when I'm being paid to not be there.  ðŸ™‚

  5. jerryhung says:

    Wait until….. SP3 SP1 🙂

  6. PhoenixCP says:

    The download is available now. There seemed to be some problems. The download for the express editions was available since last night.
    Greetings from germany

  7. tosc says:

    Hi Aaron,
    the link doesn't match! Oh, oh … the same procedure as every year 🙂

  8. ALZDBA says:

    The url is pointing to an invalid page….
    Did MS withdraw the distribution ???

  9. Uri Dimant says:

    Hi Aaron
    I know you have experimented to install SP3 on clustered environment, so I have couple of, what would  you recommend? I mean
    a) do not intall
    b) wait till…..
    c) anohter…..
    Thank you

  10. AaronBertrand says:

    A lot of people installed 32-bit on x64 (maybe by mistake)… whether intentional or not, I see a lot of confusion about which SP they should download.

  11. Linchi Shea says:

    > If you are running true 64-bit SQL Server
    What should I download if I run not-so-true 64-bit SQL Server?