Showing posts with label Service Pack. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Service Pack. Show all posts

Friday, October 31, 2008

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Beta and SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack October 2008 available for download

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Beta and SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack October 2008 are available for download

Download SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 - Beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D22317E1-BC64-4936-A14B-7A632B50A4CA&displaylang=en

To obtain SQL Server 2005 SP3 Beta for Express Edition or Express Edition with Advanced Services go here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=80DFF99C-CC82-4639-92BB-BBDAFF677792&displaylang=en



Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack October 2008 is a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008. It includes the latest versions of:

  • Redistributable components for SQL Server 2008.
  • Add-on providers for SQL Server 2008.
  • Backward compatibility components for SQL Server 2008.
Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=228de03f-3b5a-428a-923f-58a033d316e1&DisplayLang=en

Friday, February 01, 2008

Vote for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

Hugo Kornelis makes a good point here: Want a Service Pack? Ask for it!
Service pack 2 for SQL Server 2005 is already 11 months old. And there is still no sign of service pack 3 on the horizon. Why is that? Has Microsoft managed to release a perfect, completely bug-free product? No, of course not – with the size and complexity of a product such as SQL Server is, that will simply never happen.

So do yourself (and me) a favor and vote here: http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=326575

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Office 2007 Service Pack 1 Available For Download

Microsoft has just released their first service pack for Microsoft Office 2007, promising lots of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and improved security. The 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1 delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Office suite prior to December of 2007. You can get a more complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1.

Access 2007
For third-party applications that use Data Access Object code to synchronize replicated information in a Microsoft Office Access™ 2007 database, Office Access 2007 no longer returns a run-time error that causes the application to close or time out.

Communicator 2007
Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 now presents more accurate presence information and does so with consistent visual cues.
  • The icons used to display presence are modified so that users who are red-green colorblind can determine people’s presence status.
  • Office Communicator 2007 no longer causes presence icons to flicker when multiple people appear simultaneously.
  • Presence information in Office Communicator 2007 and other Microsoft Office applications is consistent in all scenarios.
  • Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007 no longer starts in the background along with Office Communicator 2007.


Excel 2007
Several stability, general usability, and compatibility improvements have been incorporated into Microsoft Office Excel® 2007.
  • Office Excel 2007 no longer stops responding in some instances when opening a workbook containing calculations.
  • Office Excel 2007 workbooks that are saved in Page Break Preview mode and opened in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 no longer produce an error when switched to Normal view.
  • When inputting calculations that should result in numbers 65,534 through 65,536, Office Excel 2007 no longer returns the display error of 100,001.
  • Office Excel 2007 now retains custom colors on shapes in Excel 2003 worksheets.
  • Office Excel 2007 no longer misplaces or wraps labels in charts when the workbook is reopened.


Groove 2007
For Microsoft Office Groove® 2007, issues surrounding the activation of new and previously retired accounts have been resolved.
  • Office Groove 2007 no longer places a 60-day limit on retired accounts that are stored in backup files.
  • When the auto-activation feature is turned on and invited users open an invitation file (.grv), they are no longer prompted for an activation key or notified of an unconfigured account.
    InfoPath 2007 and InfoPath Forms Server
    Microsoft Office InfoPath® 2007 benefits from a more consistent user experience, especially with online forms.
  • When users input data into an Office InfoPath 2007 form using a Web browser, the saved changes are now retained after closing and reopening the form.
  • Font size no longer increases when pasting from one rich text box in Office InfoPath 2007 to another.


Outlook 2007
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 benefits from a number of fixes and enhancements that make the popular messaging client more stable and easier to use.
  • Office Outlook 2007 no longer closes unexpectedly when the junk e-mail rule is set to null.
  • Body content in HTML-formatted e-mail messages now appears properly in the preview pane or when the message is opened.
  • Items moved from an offline folder file (.ost) to a personal folder file (.pst) now display properly in the preview pane.
  • In search folders, Office Outlook 2007 now shows the accurate count for unread items that are hidden.
  • When scheduling a resource such as a meeting room in meeting requests, the public free/busy information for the resource is now complete and visible in Office Outlook 2007.
  • When users forward plain-text e-mail messages with attachments, the body text is now retained.
  • If the Mailbox Cleanup wizard starts while the user is dragging a message into a folder, Office Outlook 2007 no longer closes unexpectedly.


PowerPoint 2007
Fixes in Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2007 make the presentation application even more reliable, especially when used in conjunction with Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, Web sites that use forms authentication, or event macros.
  • Users who have started an event macro in Office PowerPoint 2007 can now advance slides by right-clicking and then choosing Next or Previous.
  • When users try to open a presentation in Office PowerPoint 2007 from a Web site using forms authentication, the presentation will now appear properly.
  • Users can now open presentations in Office PowerPoint 2007 from e-mail attachments in Office Outlook Web Access.
  • Office PowerPoint 2007 no longer crashes when the user programmatically accesses the parent property of the Hyperlinks Collection Object in the Office PowerPoint 2007 object model.
  • Text formatting now behaves similarly to previous versions of PowerPoint, where new text retains the formatting of the deleted text instead of using the formatting of the character to the left.


Project 2007 and Project Server 2007
The 2007 Office system SP1 eliminates instances when either Microsoft Office Project 2007 or the accompanying Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 crashes due to a software error.
  • Office Project 2007 no longer crashes when users click to view Windows account or Details in the Resources Information dialog box and then perform any other action.
  • Office Project 2007 does not produce an error message when a link from one task accesses a task in a different project stored on Office Project Server 2007. This error only occurred when the linked project was renamed.
  • Microsoft Office Project Web Access now makes task IDs available and allows users to enter a work estimate when creating a new task.


SharePoint Server 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 has improved manageability and compatibility.
  • Office SharePoint Server 2007 now has the ability to be installed on Windows Server 2008 providing compatibility and support.
  • ASP.NET AJAX has compatibility and support with Office SharePoint Server 2007 including examples for customer web parts build the AJAX 1.0 Control Toolkit and the AJAX 1.0 Extensions for ASP.NET (KB 941955)
  • New manageability with STSADM commands for consolidating or repartitioning your content databases, renaming host named site collections, and the ability to scope the people picker to a specific active directory organizational unit.
  • Advanced search results now include results with spaces in file names.
  • The View by Modified Date function now works correctly in search results.
  • Office SharePoint Server 2007 is now able to crawl case-sensitive Web content on computers not running the Windows® operating system.
  • Office SharePoint Server 2007 can now index a public folder on a Microsoft Exchange Server with a backslash in the subject.


Visio 2007
Microsoft Office Visio® 2007 now properly redraws shapes when users apply a dynamic connector that is part of a group of shapes in Office Visio 2007.
Word 2007
By taking care of several small stability and usability details, Microsoft Office Word 2007 is a more useful and reliable tool for everyday document creation tasks.
  • With Office Word 2007, users can now open and edit embedded objects that contain other embedded objects.
  • When using smart documents in Office Word 2007, the Document Actions task pane no longer disappears when moving the pointer into the Reviewing pane. Additionally, task panes opened earlier no longer appear unexpectedly.
  • Office Word 2007 properly creates and updates a table of contents in unprotected sections of documents that also contain sections protected for forms.
  • Office Word 2007 no longer prints an extra page when users choose a printer with the duplex option enabled.


Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is available

Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is available.

How to obtain Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2
A supported cumulative update package is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problems that are described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing these specific problems. This cumulative update package may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by any of these problems, we recommend that you wait for the next SQL Server 2005 service pack that contains the hotfixes in this cumulative update package.

To resolve this problem, submit a request to Microsoft Online Customer Services to obtain the cumulative update package. To submit an online request to obtain the cumulative update package, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451

Here is what is fixed:
50001581
938243 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938243/)
FIX: Error message when you run a full-text query against a catalog in SQL Server 2005: “The execution of a full-text query failed. The content index is corrupt."

50001585
938712 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938712/)
FIX: Some records in the fact table may not be processed when you process a dimension that contains many attributes or many members in SQL Server 2005


50001499
938962 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938962/)
FIX: You may receive an access violation or error 942 when you drop a database in SQL Server 2005


50001524
939563 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939563/)
FIX: Error message when you synchronize a merge replication in Microsoft SQL Server 2005: "MSmerge_del_, Line 42 String or binary data would be truncated"

50001582
939942 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939942/)
FIX: You receive an error message when you try to access a report after you configure SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services to run under the SharePoint integrated mode

50001583
940128 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940128/)
FIX: You receive error 8623 when you run a complex query in SQL Server 2005


50001586
940129 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940129/)
FIX: An MDX query does not return results when you execute the query against a cube that contains an unnatural hierarchy in a dimension in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services


50001517
940160 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940160/)
FIX: Error message when you deploy a SQL Server 2005 Analysis Service project that contains many cubes, and the cubes contain linked measure groups: "Unexpected internal error"


50001449
940210 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940210/)
FIX: Error message when you try to insert more than 3 megabytes of data into a distributed partitioned view in SQL Server 2005: "A system assertion check has failed"


50001447
940220 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940220/)
FIX: Error message when you run a SQL Server 2005 Integration Services package that contains an FTP task: “An error occurred in the requested FTP operation"


50001448
940221 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940221/)
FIX: Error message when you try to create an Oracle publication by using the New Publication Wizard in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2: “OLE DB Provider "OraOLEDB.ORACLE" for Linked server returned message "ORA-02074: Cannot RO


50001451
940223 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940223/)
FIX: Error message when you synchronize a subscription by using Windows Synchronization Manager in SQL Server 2005: “The merge process failed to get correct information about the Interactive Resolver component from the Registry"


50001416
940260 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940260/)
FIX: Error message when you use Service Broker in SQL Server 2005: "An error occurred while receiving data: '64(The specified network name is no longer available.)'"


50001435
940269 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940269/)
FIX: Error message when you try to edit a SQL Server Agent job or a maintenance plan by using SQL Server Management Studio in SQL Server 2005: "String or binary data would be truncated"


50001567
940281 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940281/)
FIX: An access violation may occur, and you may receive an error message, when you query the sys.dm_exe_sessions dynamic management view in SQL Server 2005


50001351
940370 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940370/)
FIX: The "User:" prefix is lost for the event information that is generated by a child package in SQL Server 2005 Integration Services after you install SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2


50001382
940373 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940373/)
FIX: The performance of a Multidimensional Expressions query in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services Service Pack 2 is much slower than the performance in earlier builds of SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services


50001433
940378 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940378/)
Fix: Unable to Change Transaction Isolation Level After Cursor Declaration


50001479
940384 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940384/)
FIX: You receive a System.InvalidCastException exception when you run an application that calls the Server.JobServer.Jobs.Contains method on a computer that has SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 installed


50001494
940386 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940386/)
FIX: You cannot install SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies on a beta version of Windows Server 2008-based computer


50001602
940545 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940545/)
FIX: The performance of insert operations against a table that contains an identity column may be slow in SQL Server 2005


50001589
940935 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940935/)
FIX: Error message when you run a parallel query in SQL Server 2005 on a computer that has multiple processors: “SQL Server Assertion: File: , line=10850 Failed Assertion = 'GetLocalLockPartition () == xactLockInfo->GetLocalLockPartition ()'"


50001599
940937 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940937/)
FIX: Error message when you try to update the index key columns of a non-unique clustered index in SQL Server 2005: " Cannot insert duplicate key row in object 'ObjectName' with unique index 'IndexName'"


50001609
940939 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940939/)
FIX: Data is not rolled back after you roll back a transaction that contains a writeback operation in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services


50001629
940942 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940942/)
FIX: Error message when you run a stored procedure that references a table that is upgraded from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005: “A time-out occurred while waiting for buffer latch"


50001573
940949 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940949/)
FIX: You receive an error message when you run an UPDATE CUBE statement to update a cube in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services


50001576
940962 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940962/)
FIX: When processing a dimension on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services an error is raised with the following format: "The following file is corrupted: Physical file: \\?\\MSMDBuildLevelStores_avl_672_29775_njzs2.tmp. Logical file ."

50001511
940126 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940126/)
FIX: Error 9003 is logged in the SQL Server error log file when you use log shipping in SQL Server 2005


50001436
940379 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940379/)
FIX: Error message when you use the UNLOAD and REWIND options to back up a database to a tape device in SQL Server 2005: "Operation on device '' exceeded retry count"

50001412
940375 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940375/)
FIX: Error message when you use the Copy Database Wizard to move a database from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005


50001522
939562 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939562/)
FIX: Error message when you run a query that fires an INSTEAD OF trigger in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2: "Internal Query Processor Error The query processor could not produce a query plan"


50001224
937100 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937100/)
FIX: Error message when you run a SQL Server 2005 Integration Services package that contains a Script Component transformation: "Insufficient memory to continue the execution of the program"


50001415
940377 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940377/)
FIX: Error message when you process cubes for one of the named instances of SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services: "Error opening file"


50001523
938363 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938363/)
FIX: Data is not replicated to a subscriber in a different partition by using parameterized row filters in SQL Server 2005


50001529
940945 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940945/)
FIX: Performance is very slow when the same stored procedure is executed at the same time in many connections on a multiple-processor computer that is running SQL Server 2005

50001578
939285 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939285/)
FIX: Error message when you run a stored procedure that starts a transaction that contains a Transact-SQL statement in SQL Server 2005: "New request is not allowed to start because it should come with valid transaction descriptor"


50001525
938086 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938086/)
FIX: A SQL Server Agent job fails when you run the SQL Server Agent job in the context of a proxy account in SQL Server 2005


50000872
936252 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936252/)
The file name of Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is incorrectly associated with Microsoft Knowledge Base article 936252


50000872
The MDX query performance is slow in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services because SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services does not reuse the data cache
50001109
The dta utility stops unexpectedly and an exception occurs in SQL Server 2005
50001224
When you run a SQL Server 2005 Integration Services package that uses the VariableDispenser class, the package fails and you receive an error message
50001365
After you install SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, you receive error 8624 if the result set of a fast forward cursor contains a certain number of columns
50001368
After you install SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, the performance of a MDX query is 10 times slower than the performance on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services build 1555
50001396
When you open a SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services report after you install SQL Server 2005 Service pack 2, the parameter toolbar and the report toolbar does not appear correctly if you specify the SP_Full value for the rc:StyleSheet URL access parameter on a report URL
50001412
Error message when you use the Copy Database Wizard to move a database from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005: "Cannot drop database "Database_Name" because it is currently in use.". Possible failure reasons: Problems with the query, "ResultSet" property not set correctly, parameters not set correctly, or connection not established correctly"
50001414
Error message when you use the bcp utility together with the queryout option to bulk copy data from SQL Server 2005 to a file: "SQLState = HY000, NativeError = 0 Error = [Microsoft][SQL Native Client]BCP host-files must contain at least onecolumn"
50001415
After you install SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, the Msmdredir.ini file is frequently updated by each instance of SQL Server 2005
50001436
Error message when you use the BACKUP DATABASE statement together with the UNLOAD option and with the REWIND option to back up a tape device in SQL Server 2005: "Operation on device 'TAPE0(<\\.\Tape0>)' exceeded retry count"
50001461
When some MDX queries are executed at the same for the same role or for the same user in SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, the CPU usage is very high
50001475
When you open a report that contains a date and time picker (DTP) control in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, the format of the DTP control appears incorrectly
50001511
Error 9003 occurs when you restore a transaction log backup in SQL Server 2005
50001520
The query syntax of a report is changed when you run the report in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Service Pack 2 on SAP BW 3.5
50001522
Error 8624 occurs when you run a query in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later versions. However, you can successfully run the query in pre-SP2 version of SQL Server 2005
50001523
After you install SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, publications that use precomputed partitions can cause the non-convergence of data
50001525
Error message when you use SQL Server Agent to run jobs by using a proxy account: " SQLServer Error: 22046, Encryption error using CryptProtectData, CryptUnprotectData failed (1723)"
50001526
Using SQL Server Agent to run jobs in the context of a proxy account may fail with error "SQLServer Error: 22046, Encryption error using CryptProtectData, CryptUnprotectData failed (1723)"
50001529
The performance of SQL Server 2005 decreases because SQL Server 2005 is waiting for access to memory objects which is indicated by the CMEMTHREAD waittype
50001578
An exception occurs in SQL Native Client: "New request is not allowed to start because it should come with valid transaction descriptor"
50001579
When you use SQL Native Client to retrieve a value in a column of the TEXT data type, you obtain incorrect result if the value contains more than 1024 characters
50001580
Memory leak of the TokenAndPermAccessCheckResult entries occurs in SQL Server 2005
50001595
When you use SQL Native Client for a connection, the connection switches to use the auto-commit mode from the manually-commit mode
50001598
SQL Native Client overwrite error codes which causes that you do not receive informative error messages when some operations fails
50001639
The performance of an INSERT statement or an UPDATE statement that uses the result from a query is much slower in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 than in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 or earlier versions if the query uses the nodes method
50001164
FIX: Error message when you connect to an instance of SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services by using the AMO library that is included with SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 Analysis Services: "Cannot connect to Analysis Services version '10.0.1019.17'"

Friday, April 20, 2007

Stop messing around with SQL Server 2005 SP2 and give us SP3 ASAP!

Do you know which hotfix you have to instal to fix SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2?
If SQL Server is between 3042 and 3053, get build 3054
If SQL Server is between 3150 and 3158, get build 3159

Why not move to Service Pack 3 instead?
Here is what is proposed on the Microsoft connect site:

Description
The SP2 is a mess.

Solution
Admit it.
Move over and stop releasing all those hotfixes, GDRs, QFEs and what not.
Give us clean and coherent SP3 now!


Here is the URL (http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=267610) to cast your vote

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Chapter On SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 Is Closed

This is the final word on SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (at least from me, I promise)

It is all explained here: http://blogs.msdn.com/psssql/archive/2007/04/06/post-sql-server-2005-service-pack-2-sp2-fixes-explained.aspx


So as you can see from that link, after applying the critical updates you should be on either build 9.00.3054 or 9.00.3159

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Two New Hotfixes Available To Fix The Maintenance Plan Issues Caused By SQL Server 2005 SP2

Run the following query

SELECT @@VERSION.

If the SQL Server 2005 version is between 3042 and 3053, download build 3054 from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934458

If the SQL Server 2005 version is between 3150 and 3158, download build 3159 from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934459

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition Release Candidate Available For Download

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Release Candidate (RC) is a cumulative service pack that provides the latest updates, security and stability enhancements, in addition to new features, feature updates and utility updates to the Windows Server 2003 operating system. SP2 helps secure your server and improve system reliability, security, and stability thereby ensuring the highest level of readiness to meet the ever increasing demands of today’s server operating systems.
Windows Server 2003 SP2 can be installed directly on the following operating systems:
Windows Server 2003 Editions (All 32-bit x86)
Windows Server 2003 Itanium-based Editions
Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions
Windows Server 2003 R2 Editions
Windows Server 2003 Storage Server R2 Edition
Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition
Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition


Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AC8EDD44-96B3-4D11-9293-12970CD62FED&displaylang=en

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Available For Download

Get the download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=90E2942D-3AD1-4873-A2EE-4ACC0AACE5B6&displaylang=en


Brief Description
The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista addresses areas of Visual Studio impacted by Windows Vista enhancements.

Overview
If the machine participated in the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Beta, please be sure to uninstall the beta first.

During the development of Windows Vista, several key investments were made to vastly improve overall quality, security, and reliability from previous versions of Windows. While we have made tremendous investments in Windows Vista to ensure backwards compatibility, some of the system enhancements, such as User Account Control, changes to the networking stack, and the new graphics model, make Windows Vista behave differently from previous versions of Windows. These investments impact Visual Studio 2005. The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista addresses areas of Visual Studio impacted by Vista enhancements.
Many of the Windows Vista enhancements are documented at the Windows Vista Development Center.

This download installs the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista for the following Visual Studio SKUs:


Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office
Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
Microsoft Visual J# 2005 Express Edition (English Only)
Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Premier Partner Edition
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Test Load Agent
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Test Load Controller
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Code Profiler
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Explorer

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Corp. today released Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 SP2, an update to its award-winning data management and analysis platform. Customers can now take advantage of enhancements in the familiar and easy-to-use Windows Vista™ operating system and 2007 Microsoft Office system to easily connect and integrate with the power, security and reliability of SQL Server 2005. In addition, Microsoft announced that it is expanding virtualization use rights to allow unlimited virtual instances on servers that are fully licensed for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. For customers who want maximum flexibility in their use of virtualization technology, now or in the future, SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition is the ideal choice.

“SP2 delivers customer-driven improvements and new features that align with our data platform vision,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft. “SP2 realizes a step forward in enabling organizations to bring the business intelligence capabilities of SQL Server 2005 directly to end users in the tools they use every day.”

Key enhancements to SQL Server SP2 include the following:

Data Mining Add-ins for the 2007 Microsoft Office system enable data mining functionality from SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to be used directly within Excel® 2007 and Visio® 2007.

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) compatibility with Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 provides integration with the Report Center in SharePoint, enabling the seamless consumption and management of SSRS reports within SharePoint.

SQL Server Analysis Services improvements for Excel 2007 and Excel Services relate to performance and functionality.

Data compression (varDecimal) is an important feature for data warehousing scenarios, requiring less disk storage of decimal data and increasing overall performance.

Manageability enhancements, based on customer feedback, provide management capabilities for database administrators such as improvements in database maintenance plans, enhanced management reports and a new copy database wizard.

Management reports added to SQL Server Express Edition enable customers to get insights into the performance of their Express Edition and SQL Server Compact Edition databases.

Interoperability improvements including Oracle support in the Report Builder feature enable customers to use its functionality on top of Oracle data sources. Customers also have access to SQL Server Reporting Services to build reports on top of Hyperion’s Essbase cubes.


Customers can download SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 immediately from http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp2.mspx.