SQL Server 2005 SP2: Released, and Vista-ready

SQL Server 2005SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released yesterday, and I've just downloaded and installed the Express Edition with Advanced Services SP2 onto my Vista PC.  Smooth sailing all the way, and no compatibility warnings.  Hooray!

Here's a link to SQL Server 2005 SP2 on the TechNet site, and you can review this document on what's new in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 for information on new or improved features in Analysis Services, Database Engine, Integration Services, Reporting Services, and Shared Tools.

Service Pack 2 will eventually be available for download over Microsoft Update (as reported on the SQL Express Weblog), but you can download it today for free.

I had trouble at first navigating through to the install links, so if you're just here for the download, here are direct links:

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services SP2

SQL Server 2005 SP2

Hope that helps!

Comments (4)
  1. Dixon says:

    What version of Vista do you have?  My Home Premium edition still gives me 2 error messages (one of which is the IIS requirement).  

    I am afraid I will have to upgrade to Ultimate to fix my problem… and to run reporting services.

    Do you have any thoughts?

  2. RobBurke says:

    Hi Dixon, I was using Vista Ultimate.  You might want to check on the SQL site about which versions of Vista will support which features of SQL.

  3. Well I’m on round two of installing Windows Vista. The main reason being that McAffee Anti-Virus,…

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