The RTM version of Service Pack 4 (SP4) for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is now available for download, and includes SQL Server 2005 SP3 cumulative updates 1 to 11, customer requested fixes and the SQL Server 2005 SP4 database engine support for DAC operations.


As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is free and doesn’t require an additional service contract. SQL Server 2005 service pack upgrades are cumulative, and this edition upgrades all service levels of SQL Server 2005 to SP4 RTM.


To obtain SQL Server 2005 SP4 RTM with its improved security and supportability please visit the links below:

If it’s time for your company to consider a SQL Server upgrade, SQL Server 2008 R2 showcases a continued commitment to mission-critical workloads, providing a trusted scalable platform, increased developer and IT efficiency and managed self-service BI.

Some of the capabilities include:

  • Resource Governor, a feature than you can use to manage SQL Server workload and system resource consumption
  • PowerPivot, a managed self-service analysis solution that empowers end users to access, analyze and share data across the enterprise in an IT managed environment using Excel2010  and SharePoint Sever 2010
  • Master Data Services (MDS) an ‘any domain’ hub that helps organizations standardize and streamline the business data used enterprise-wide.
  • Application and Multi-server Management, better utilization of resources and SMP scale up with support for up to 256 logical processors
  • Report Builder 3.0 with support for geospatial visualization,
  • Compliance-ready security features like Transparent Data Encryption and SQL Server Auditing
  • A savings of 50-60% on data storage with backup and data compression
  • Policy-Based Management for server policy compliance and PowerShell support for automating administrative tasks
  • Support for a more diverse set of applications with support for unstructured documents and file types and spatial data.

To find out more about SQL Server 2008 R2 visit http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/product-info/whats-new.aspx.

Abhishek Sinha
Program Manager
SQL Server Sustained Engineering