Yesterday, Francois Ajenstat, Microsoft 's director of SQL Server marketing, announced that Microsoft will deliver SQL Server 2005 SP3 after the release to manufacturing of SQL Server 2008, which is currently slated for Q3.
The service pack will contain all the cumulative updates (CU) for SQL Server 2005, plus carefully selected additional work, including fixes to issues reported through Microsoft’s customer feedback platform, MS Connect.
This does not mean that Microsoft is getting rid of cumulative updates.
"We will continue to issue CUs every 8 weeks for customers who need them. In fact, as more and more customers become accustomed to the process, we feel the model will become even more popular.”
For more information: SQL Server 2005 SP3 - coming soon
In the meantime, Cumulative Update 7 (CU7) (build 9.00.3239) has been released.
This CU represents
For more information: Cumulative update package 7 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2
To learn about the Incremental Servicing Model: http://blogs.technet.com/beatrice/archive/2007/07/11/incremental-servicing-model.aspx.
- Beatrice Nicolini -
Microsoft will release a third service pack for SQL Server 2005 just before the next version of the server
I've blogged some time ago about Microsoft recommendation for SQL Server SP2 builds: SQL Server 2005