On Dec 15th 2008, we released the latest Service Pack on SQL Server 2005. In line with the changed strategy presented a while back on this blog, the latest Service Pack for SQL Server 2005 laid more emphasis on supportability, watson and community voted bugs. This Service Pack is available for download from Microsoft Download Center. Along with the Service Pack, we also refreshed the Feature Pack for 2005 that can be downloaded separately. The following are all the download links for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and related downloads.
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Microsoft has just released SP3 for SQL Server 2005 (yes that's 2005, not 2008). More info here:
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Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 has been recently released. You can get it here . Note that now there
微软2008年12月16日发布了SQL Server 2005 SP3的正式版，而这也将是该软件的最后一次升级服务，不过暂时只有英文版本，需要简体中文版的用户请稍等。SQL Server 2005 SP3版本号9
We really need the LinkIds that go directly to the SQLEXPR.EXE and SQLEXPR32.EXE downloads so they can be used in installer bootstrappers. Having the complete product.xml and package.xml would be even better.
The SP3 of SQL Server 2005, It was released last month: Microsoft SQL Server Release Services - SQL Server
Is it true that "for SQL users not opting for SP3, Microsoft released Cumulative Update 11 for SQL Server 2005 SP2, which contains all of the hot fixes for SP2, without the new features in SP3?"
That was written at http://gcn.com/Articles/2008/12/17/SQL-Server-2005-SP3-released.aspx.
I support a third party application that runs on MSSQL and was certified for MSSQL 2005 SP2. The vendor says hotfixes to SP2 remain certified but that new service packs are not.
I hope staying with SP2 does not mean sacrificing security benefits.