SQL Server 2005 end of life and upgrade options

Now that SQL Server 2005 is end of life (since Apr 12 2016), it is time to upgrade your SQL Server 2005 instances if you haven’t already to get support from Microsoft. There are several upgrade options available. Please see this page for more information. Also, if you are looking for the last service pack… Read more

End of Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 and End of Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2008 SP1

We would like to remind all customers that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 will end on April 12, 2011, and Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 will end on October 11, 2011.  Microsoft is ending support for these products as part… Read more

A changed approach to Service Packs

In reference to the recent announcement of a Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 I wanted to take some time and elaborate a bit over a modified development approach we’ll be taking for SQL Server Servicing releases. With our recent SP3 announcement we will be expanding the Incremental Servicing Model to now include Service… Read more

SQL Server Express 2005 is now supported by XPe and WEPOS platforms

We have received numerous customer requests for supporting SQL Server 2005 on XPe and WEPOS. Listening to your requests, we are now happy to announce the support for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition starting with Service Pack 2 on Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 Feature Pack 2007 (XPe) and Windows Embedded for Point of… Read more

Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is available

Per previously announced revised Servicing Model we released the second scheduled cumulative update for SQL Server 2005 to the support organization earlier this week. Build number is 3175. Information on this cumulative update (CU): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936305 Information on how to obtain this CU: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935195  Thanks, Matthias Berndt… Read more

SQL Server Express 2005 now supported by XPe and WEPOS platforms

We have received numerous customer requests for supporting SQL Server 2005 on XPe and WEPOS. Listening to your requests, we are now happy to announce the support for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition starting with Service Pack 2 on Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 Feature Pack 2007 (XPe) and Windows Embedded for Point of… Read more

SQL Server Hotfix Release Revised

In response to customer feedback, SQL Server team has revised the mechanism to deliver hotfixes on reported bugs with a new model called Incremental Servicing Model (ISM). The objective is to deliver high quality fixes within an acceptable amount of time and on a predictable schedule.   We have moved away from current “priority driven” hotfix… Read more

SQL 2005 SP2 – delivered!

Months of effort by hundreds of people (including many of you, I’m sure) culminated this morning in the release of SQL 2005 SP2.  This was a servicing release defined and driven largely by your feedback and bug reports.  There are also some big ticket items such as proper Windows Vista support and integration with Office… Read more