Patch time for SQL Server... Well almost.
SP3 for SQL Server 2005 has been in CTP for a while now (10/27/08) and all is appearing to be really good.I finally got around to installing the beta patch the other night on my home servers and experienced no issues at all.
So... what is this going to give us? Lets crack open the What's New section and dissect.
As always, read the documentation BEFORE you apply the service pack. Test in an offline (non-production) copy to make sure everything goes according to plan. And last but absolutely not least, backup your data before making ANY changes!
Official guidance right now is that SP3 is scheduled to ship Q4 of 2008. How's that to brighten your day just before the holidays!