SQL Tips by Namwar Rizvi

January 1, 2009

Review of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

Filed under: Information,SQL Server 2005 — namwar @ 8:58 PM
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Microsoft has released the third service pack for SQL Server 2005. You can download it from here.

As many of us are still using SQL Server 2005 and has not moved to SQL Server 2008 yet therefore, I felt necessary to give you a breif overview of what has been offered in third service pack for SQL Server 200. Following is an outline:

1. SP3 contains all hotfixes for SP2 along with some new features.
2. If you are not ready to implement the SP3 yet then you can apply Cummulative update 11 for SQL Sever 2005 Service Pack 2 available here
3. DBCC commands will display all error messages in SP3 in contrast to SP2 where you are only able to see first 200 messages if you do not specify ALL_ERRORMSGS option. In SP3 ALL_ERRORMSGS option does not have any meaning.
4. Notification services (which has been discontinued in SQL Server 2008) of SQL Server 2005 will work with both SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 database engine after applying SP3
5. There is a small update in Replication area i.e. a stored procedure sp_showpendingchanges now has one additional parameter @show_rows. This is a flag which allows you to specify two additional columns in the resultset for more detailed information. Further information is available here
6. There are three updates in Reporting Services area:

* Report models can be created for Terra data databases. Further information is available here
* PDF rendering extension can now embed the font to display the document correctly on a computer where document fonts are not already installed. Further information is available here
* Sharepoint integrated mode has been optimized by reducing the number of calls to Sharepoint object model. Reports will render faster now.

I hope this overview will give you a brief idea about what is new in SP3.

Happy New Year to all readers and best wishes for 2009.

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