February 23, 2010 | SQL Server

Cumulative Update #8 available for SQL Server 2005 SP3

Last week, Microsoft released Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2005 SP3.  The build # is 9.00.4285.  You can read the blog post from the Release Services team here:


And the Knowledge Base article, #978915, is available here:


There is a noticeable omission here, as pointed out by fellow MVP Davide Mauri: there is no equivalent CU yet announced for 2005 SP2.  I think this is for one of the following reasons (or a combination):

  • with only 5 fixes in this CU, it is possible that the problems do not affect the SP2 branch;
  • the fixes for the SP2 branch may not be ready yet, and the customer(s) who found the issues are clamoring for SP3 fixes; or,
  • SP2 is taking a back seat due to Microsoft's recent commitment to SP4 and last month's announced end-of-life for SP2 support.

4 comments on this post

    • kozloski - February 23, 2010, 7:32 PM

      It seems pretty likely to me that Microsoft has't issued an equivalent CU package for 2005 SP2 because they ended support for it last month.

    • Chris Wood - February 23, 2010, 7:39 PM

      Its the out of support that stops SP2 updates. Bob Ward confirmed that as PASS in November. That way I knew that the December CU was the last for SP2.

    • AaronBertrand - February 23, 2010, 8:51 PM

      Yes, I think you guys are right.  When I first noticed the CU was published, I completely forgot that SP2 support had already ended – in my mind I somehow thought that end of support had been announced, but that the actual date was in the future.  It's ok, nobody should still be on SP2 anyway.

    • Glenn Berry - February 23, 2010, 9:58 PM

      I think the real reason there is no SP2 CU is that SP2 was "retired" on January 12, 2010, as Bob Ward explains here:
      I completely agree that people should have upgraded to SP3 by now.

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