It’s Here! SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Now Available for Download

As discussed here, SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is now available for download here.  The following information is taken verbatim from the Data Platform Insider:

SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now available for download and includes the following updates:

  • Roll-up of Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates completed since SQL Server 2005 SP2, as well as fixes to critical issues reported through the SQL Server community. Per revised servicing strategy for SQL Server releases, SP3 does not introduce major new features.
  • Feature Pack for SQL Server 2005 SP3 has been refreshed along with this release.
  • SP3 can be used to upgrade from any previous instance of SQL Server 2005
  • For customers who will be upgrading from SQL Server 2005 SP2 CU#10 or SP2 CU#11, you will have to install the latest CU on SP3 after upgrading to SP3 release to get all the fixes.
  • SP3 applies to:

    • SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
    • SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Evaluation Edition
    • SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
    • SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition
    • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition

Additional Resources

If you need it (and if you're running SQL Server 2005 SP2, you pretty much do), go get it!


Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s that time of year again, when I disappear from the blogosphere for a couple of weeks to contemplate

  2. Anonymous says:

    @Charles Felts:  the SQL Server 2005 Express Service Pack 3 upgrade is available for download here:

    Hope this helps..


  3. Anonymous says:

    Hot on the heels of the initial SQL Server 2005 SP3 release , Cumulative Update 1 for SQL Server 2005

  4. Charles Felts says:

    Does the update apply to SQL Server 2005 Express?  Microsoft Update tries to apply it but hangs.

  5. ric says:

    Hi, just discovered your blog via the almighty Google 🙂

    When you say:

    "SP3 can be used to upgrade from any previous instance of SQL Server 2005"

    Does this mean it can be installed onto a fresh MSSQL 2005 RTM install or do SP1 & 2 need to be installed first??

    Just been given my first SQL box and it’s just had 2005 installed by a 3rd party!!



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