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I am wondering when Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2005 is slated to be released. Many companies will not install CUs, and depend on SPs to provide additional stability and patch their systems. Release Services has stated that there will be one SP a year, containing all CUs in it.

SQL Server 2005 SP3 was released on Dec 15, 2008. It is now over one year old.
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Posted by rhagman on 1/3/2011 at 6:04 AM
SP4 is available for download : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b953e84f-9307-405e-bceb-47bd345baece
Posted by Octavio on 8/16/2010 at 10:30 AM
Also, we need SP4 for the Express version to allow installation on systems having only .NET Framework 4 installed!
Current installer requires .NET 2.0...
Posted by Anthony L. Thomas on 6/7/2010 at 12:13 PM
For all of those concerned about Cumulative Update Packages, primarily due to the atiquated supposed "rigoruous" testing practices for Service Packe release candidates, consider this:

Hotfixes in general, as well as the CUPs, only attempt to fix known or discovered product bugs. Service Packs, on the other hand, are in reality minor produce release upgrades, often introducing untested or minimally tested "enhancements" and behavioural changes.

If you are concerned by risking production stability, forego any service pack deployments until thouroughly tested within your own development environments.

In my opinion, and experience, the cumulative builds of the current service pack code path are far more stable deployments, even more so than the GDR Critical Security Updates the Server Administrators continually attempt to push on these deployments.

Sincerely,


Anthony Thomas, MCDBA, MCSA
Senior Consultant, Enterprise Microsoft Solutions
Sogeti USA
Posted by Microsoft on 6/2/2010 at 12:55 AM
Dear Customers,

Thank you for taking the time to submit comments and votes regarding the servicing needs of your current SQL Server configurations. Microsoft is committed to our existing customer base and will be targeting a release of SQL Server 2005 SP4 in the 4th quarter of calendar year 2010. Based on current support volume as well as the fact that SQL Server 2005 will enter into extended support on 4/13/2011 we anticipate this to be the last Service Pack release for this SQL Server version. Please see http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/ for details.

We thank you for your continued support and interest in the SQL Server family of products.
As always, we welcome your feedbacks and comments.

Sincerely,

Abhishek Sinha
Program Manager
Microsoft SQL Server Sustained Engineering
Posted by bouzahme on 5/31/2010 at 9:40 AM
We still using SQL Server 2005, we have a lot of server, that need to be migrated to SQL Server 2005.
Still not confortable with cumulatives updates (lot of tests to do before deployment),
I am waiting for SP4
Thanks
Posted by Adrian Camilo on 3/18/2010 at 9:22 PM
A ver cuando liberan el SP 4 es urgente.
Posted by Greg M Palmes on 3/8/2010 at 7:29 AM
Again...
Microsoft REALLY needs to stop with this CU / "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..." nonsense, and release FULLY TESTED and RELIABLE service packs.

This is really getting out of hand. All the enterprise products (SQL Server, SharePoint, CRM, etc) are being given band-aids, which result in bad impressions given to the customers that are being "serviced" every other month with shoddy patches.

:-)
Posted by glaz on 2/25/2010 at 1:51 PM
It's time to SP4.
Posted by dbaeiss on 2/16/2010 at 12:54 AM
SP4 will make life a lot easier to manage consistent patch levels.
Thank you
Posted by Courday Farnam1 on 2/15/2010 at 8:20 AM
I don't see us moving out of 2005 anytime in the next few years. We just migrated from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 last year. Although our installations are not generally dependant on service pack fixes our software vendor(s) do require the latest SQL Service Pack to continue providing support on their product(s).
Posted by whatismunick on 2/15/2010 at 2:35 AM
that's good news.

thanks Microsoft for listening

Posted by Valentino Vranken on 2/14/2010 at 11:53 PM
(from http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2010/02/12/sql-server-servicing-plans.aspx)

SQL Server 2005 SP4. You overwhelmingly requested another servicing release for SQL Server 2005. Given your feedback Microsoft targets now such release in Q4/CY2010. Based on current support volume as well as the fact that SQL Server 2005 will enter into extended support on 4/13/2011 we anticipate this to be the last Service Pack release for this SQL Server version. Extended support for SQL Server 2005 will be available through 4/12/2016.
Posted by Aviel Iluz on 2/14/2010 at 6:06 AM
SQL 2005 SP4 will be needed also to connect to SQL Server 2008 using SSMS 2005. Current SP3 is not smooth - has a problem when "openning" a table to browse the data: "Unspecified Error (MS Visual Database Tools)"
Posted by BrianEgler on 2/14/2010 at 5:20 AM
Yes, SP4 for SQL 2005 would be good for customers.
Posted by Jeff Moden on 2/13/2010 at 6:21 PM
I share Linda Boumarafi's observation above...

{I cannot patch a server with something that says "use at your own risk and only if you are affected."}

I also thought that Microsoft had committed to a Service Pack per year for active supported products. It would be nice if Microsoft got back on that track.
Posted by tbedwards on 2/5/2010 at 9:18 AM
SP4 is definitely a necessity since Microsoft apparently hasn't done a great job of selling a lot of ISV's on SQL Server 2008. We make every effort to install SQL Server 2008 when we can, but many vendors from whom we purchase systems still haven't moved toward supporting SQL Server 2008 yet and require SQL Server 2005. Even some of the teams within Microsoft were late getting on the SQL Server 2008 bandwagon (OCS, SCOM, CRM, Navision).
Posted by SQL User1 on 1/29/2010 at 2:05 AM
It will be very useful still one more year.
Posted by pvsramu on 1/28/2010 at 8:18 PM
Please release SP4.
Posted by Linda Boumarafi on 1/28/2010 at 8:29 AM
We can't all upgrade every two years. It takes me months just to get the way cleared to put an SP on the Production SQL Server. With 7 CU's out there, you need to release another SP. We are affected by an issue addressed on CU4, but I cannot patch a server with something that says "use at your own risk and only if you are affected."
Posted by Matthew Mark on 1/27/2010 at 10:40 AM
FYI: working for a contractor who works for the government, we are limited in what upgrades and service packs we can apply. They must have already passed the DOD (Dept of Defense) tests.

We just upgraded to SQL Server 2005 about 5 months ago. Hence, service packs for SQL Server 2005 even though 2008 has been out a while, still definitely serves at least our niche of the customer base.
Posted by Neil S Hambly on 1/27/2010 at 12:31 AM
MS should acknowledge that SS2005 is a key product for many organisations and that supporting it with regular, well planned / timed Service Packs is vital to the community.
In my opinion it should be not allow more than 3 CUs between Service Packs (after Evey 3rd CU we have a SP)
EG. CU1, CU2, CU3, SP1, CU4, CU5, CU6, SP2, CU7 .... will watch the forums for further news..
Posted by Rob Boyd1 on 1/25/2010 at 9:40 AM
SP4 for SQL 2005 is important in our environment.
Posted by Segundete on 1/25/2010 at 8:03 AM
Necesitamos el SP4.
Por favor, liberenlo.

Posted by Mario Lung on 1/25/2010 at 12:16 AM
Hi,

Pls Release SP4
thx

Mario
Posted by VitalyTomilov on 1/23/2010 at 6:06 AM
We are deploying SQL 2005 on secure networks that do not have Internet, and concerned that our clients will never get updates if we do not put them there. And installing all the patches after SP3 is too expensive.
Please give us SP4!!!
Posted by HugoShebbeare on 1/20/2010 at 11:33 AM
Yes please, this would save us a significant amount of time when upgrading. I have two months of upgrades to existing SQL 2005 instances ahead of me, and I do not look forward to the additional rebooting/restarts due to the application of the cumulative updates on top of the service packs. Thank you for allowing us a venue to vote, and appreciate all of the great Service Pack work done so far.
Posted by JCRusso on 1/20/2010 at 6:59 AM
+1 for SP4.
Posted by i.net on 1/20/2010 at 6:21 AM
We'll be migrating most of our DB servers to SQL 2008 R2 (when it comes out) but some of the old servers will run SQL 2005 where there is no advantage in upgrading. SP4 will be really appreciated and help a lot in contunued security and stability of the SQL 2005 servers.

Given that Microsoft's marketing is spending a lot of time in encouraging Sun Oracle's DB owsers to migrate to SQL 2008, this really doesn't give out a good image for older products in terms of long term support. On of the Microsoft SQL sales person I heard actually quoted that MS is better than Sun in providing long term support for their DB products. Releaseing a SP4 will assert this claim and will go a long way in improving MS support credibility.
Posted by ShaneAlexander on 1/20/2010 at 2:24 AM
Yes please... SP4 for SQL 2005!!!
Posted by M A Srinivas on 1/19/2010 at 10:04 PM
SQL Server 2005 SP4 is a necessity rather than optional
Posted by Brettfavre on 1/19/2010 at 12:12 PM
SPs are so important to smaller shops that don't have full-time DBAs. Please make this a priority. SQL Server is a wonderful product for us little guys.
Posted by vanerj on 1/19/2010 at 11:01 AM
Please issue an SP4.

Especially with the fiasco regarding installation of SQL 2005 SP3 on a machine after Windows XP SP3. (Specifically the promotion of msxml6 to the status of a "protected file".)
Posted by TomHamilton on 1/18/2010 at 8:36 AM
Many have only just made the move from SS2k to SS2k5 and just won't be ready to go 2k8 for some time. SP4 could address some of the problems/shortcoming we have without forcing the 2k8.

Frankly product releases have been coming faster than any but the most connected and technically astute can keep up with. As a programmer this is good, but as a programmer who supports business users - they and their infrastructure just can't evolve this rapidly.

Maybe the solution is to get away from the concept that we must have a 'new' product every few years. Software is more durable than that, we not selling something consumable(usable but not actually used up). As programmers and scientists we want progress, but who/how can we fund it? Let's make the existing SS2k5 mousetrap better please - give us SP4.
Posted by giosermao on 1/18/2010 at 7:36 AM
Technically, SQL 2005 really needs SP4 due to the fact that we need time and money for testing and implementing and because there is no new software without bugs which may be really painfull to solve, so we have to wait for a long period of time so that we may consider it reliable.

Additionally, when we see tha benefits of upgrade to 2008 which in most of the companies there are no fundaments to do so, unless you invest in hardware also.

A great deal of companies around the world are trying to survive. In the situation that we are forced to invest in something that may be is not urgent to do so, Microsoft are giving us the final 'stocade'.
Posted by Gordon F on 1/18/2010 at 7:14 AM
Hmmm, hadn't realised there were still so many problems with 2005 that it warranted another Service Pack. However I certainly won't be adopting 2008 - too many compatibility issues even just with the tools.
Posted by John.Reid_hse on 1/18/2010 at 6:16 AM
Having final SPs greatly reduces the amount of time required in DR situations where rebuilds might become necessary.
Posted by dgalavan on 1/18/2010 at 4:24 AM
Given the number of SQL 2005 implementations and the investment that companies have put in, I think it's only fair that an additional Service Pack is released. I'm an SQL Server Consultant and I base what I do on what's fair, and in this case SP4 would be it.
Posted by Junior Galvão - MVP on 1/18/2010 at 4:11 AM
Pessoal,

Vejo com bons olhos a criação do SP4 para o SQL Server 2005, pois esta versão esta muito bom consolidada no mercado e temos muitas empresas, faculdades e instituições de ensino que utilizam esta versão.
Posted by Anphilot on 1/17/2010 at 9:23 PM
For all we've loved SQL 2005 about, I think we need SP4. Still too soon to upgrade to 2008
Posted by Niall Baird on 1/17/2010 at 2:16 PM
We're still upgrading our servers to sql 2k5 - really need sp4
Posted by swan-e on 1/17/2010 at 11:51 AM
Agree that there's a need for Service Pack 4 for SQL Server 2005.
Posted by rookk1 on 1/16/2010 at 10:29 PM
@dbaelegance: Great argument if you are stealing the software or getting it free some other way, or have a company with nothing but money (and who doesn't these days?).

Remember, Windows XP is ancient as is IE6 and they are both still EXTEMELY widely used. Many IT departments do not have the resources to purchase and test unproven software. Speaking only for myself, it is only after a long peroiod of due dilligence that I am able to upgrade to the "latest and greatest". Our business does not allow us to be "early adopters". My superiors and investors would consider this to be irresponsible behavior.

Just my 2 cents.
Posted by Kevin Wagner on 1/16/2010 at 5:39 PM
SQL 2005 does not need another service pack. We as users need to concentrate on upgrading to SQL 2008 R2. (Yes, skip SQL 2008 if you have not already upgraded.) My goodness, we are now in 2010 and having Microsoft continue to release and support SQL 2005 with one more service pack will add to the overall cost to us from Microsoft. Just think of it, they will not only have to create the setup and install for SP4, they will also have to maintain SP3 with CU.
Posted by rookk1 on 1/16/2010 at 5:20 PM
I am pressured from time to time to consider other SQL platforms, such as MySQL, Oracle, etc. It is difficult for me to continue to support my arguments to continue using MS SLQL server when Microsoft falls short on their commitments to support their products properly.
Posted by Hard-G on 1/16/2010 at 3:23 PM
Microsoft's best advertisement for SQL Server 2008 is the continued success of SQL Server 2005.
Posted by Steve Lawrence on 1/16/2010 at 2:16 PM
Customers won't go to the trouble of applying Cumulative Updates but will apply a Service Pack
Posted by Satya SKJ on 1/14/2010 at 9:45 AM
Service pack releases are better than Cumulative Update packages, get it soon!
Posted by vpw1 on 1/12/2010 at 8:26 PM
Please do release an SP4 for SQL Server 2005. SPs are much simpler to remember and apply that all of the hotfixes and CUs.
Posted by mol8av on 1/12/2010 at 5:45 AM
Please release SP4 for SQL2005.
The users will appreciate.
TIA.
Posted by Sergei Gorelik on 1/11/2010 at 8:31 AM
I hope there is a SP4 for SQL2005... applying this CUs is a pain.
Posted by dpbakerdpbaker on 1/8/2010 at 12:28 PM
Please release SP4 soon. We were thinking about upgrading to Service Pack 3 with Cummulative update 7, but would much rather have to just upgrade to Service Pack 4. Since some vendors only support service packs, this will would greatly imporve the efficiency of our installs. We have a diverse set up of sql instances that include both internal databases and vendor supported db's. We would much rather install a service pack then a CU. Please let us know if there are any plans to go to SP4 in the near future.
Posted by fotis12 on 1/8/2010 at 8:20 AM
i also agree on realising a new SP, but i would also like to ask to make the CUs more "official".
we deploy our apllications outside our company on large infrastructures we dont control, and the typical "dont want troubles on my head" support personel of our clients, will deny deploying CUs, using as an excuse the way CU are presented by microsoft such as packages that should be applied only if there is proof we are really affected by an issue. CU were a big improvment to the previous situation were you would simply wait for the next Service pack, but still is far from the concept of lets say the automatic windows update, that none asks none if the updates should be installed or not. I understand this cannot be the case with sql server, since the required for the upgrade sql server downtime should be scheduled by the supporting personel according to business needs, but at least Microsoft should support the way they chose themselves to keep sql server updated, and this is by really taking responsibility for what they are realising and advising their clients to upgrade, without hesitations or limitations.
Posted by Marcus Stuart on 1/8/2010 at 4:42 AM
So many cumulative updates have been released for SQL 2005 since SP3 that another Service Pack is well overdue
Posted by DrJones23 on 1/7/2010 at 8:17 AM
As a consultant, I have more than 50% of my clients (~100 servers) still running SQL 2K5, with no immediate plans to upgrade (most waiting for either R2 or SQL11). When rebuilding servers, or installing new servers, having a SP to apply greatly reduces build time (instead of applying ALL of those CUs). Please support AT LEAST SP4.
Posted by Soonyu on 1/6/2010 at 6:23 PM
SP4 , SP4 where are you.. When you will appear in front of me
Posted by 4given on 1/6/2010 at 1:33 PM
Hi. Waiting for SP4. Please help. Take care.
Posted by bestes on 1/6/2010 at 8:40 AM
Unfortunately, the company I work for will not allow us to apply the CU's. If you guys can bundle this into SP4, I'll be able to update our production SQL Servers to the requested level. From the comments above, it appears that this is a common thread. Not that it is right or wrong - it is what it is. Thanks, guys.
Posted by Ricardo Estevez on 1/6/2010 at 7:59 AM
We will continue using SQL 2005 in many of our operations worldwide, and SP4 is expected.
Posted by RHinostroza_Levano on 1/5/2010 at 2:10 PM
I think it's really necessary a SP4 for SQL 2005
Posted by Greg L.1 on 1/5/2010 at 10:56 AM
We wont be upgrading to 2008 at all. Even R2. The vast majority of changes from 2005 are for Enterprise Edition only and we use numerous Standard installations. So PLEASE continue providing SP4, and even 5 and 6 as we wont be upgrading SQL until version 11.
Posted by DB007 on 1/5/2010 at 2:20 AM
We need fully regression tested service packs, there are no excuses left for not having produced a service pack for SQL2005 post-SP3 - 15 CU (after SP3) and 1 essential security update ??

Yes we all remember the mess from SP2->3 (SSIS/Maint-plan bugs anyone? : and this was suppossed to be regression tested).

The MS Team really need to sort out the regression/unit-testing so that this can be performed more timely in future. Your customers do not appreciate being crash test dummies - and will move to more "solid" products with better support.

The CU model instead of a regular service packs (every 6-12 months) seems to have upset the whole SQL community to some extent or other, prehaps next time the customer and loss of MS reputation impact will be considered in future. (Or even listen to the customers before implementing such a radical change of approach for discussion to see if there would be any issues).
Yes - we know its a complex process, but an essential one to produce Service packs.
Posted by Mick - Brisbane on 1/4/2010 at 2:49 PM
Come on MS, bring on SP4 for 2005 !!!!
Posted by Khone on 1/4/2010 at 1:08 PM
Although majority of us will be deploying SQL 2008 soon (waiting for R2 release), but still SQL 2005 deserves a final SP 4 from Microsoft. Thank you.
Posted by percy.reyes on 1/4/2010 at 12:30 PM
I think the SP4 for SQL Server 2005 is very necessary, I have replication problems that are bugs!
Posted by JoeBlow on 1/4/2010 at 10:37 AM
It's pretty shabby to produce cumulative updates with discalimers that they have not been tested, does this cut down on the number of Free service calls or is it just economical to not do thorough testing?
Posted by Scott Dexter1 on 1/4/2010 at 8:38 AM
The companies that I am working for Fortune 1000 are not wanting to buy Microsoft any longer due to the lack of support and potentially direction based upon their indecisiveness in direction and support for a Database Platform. TOO many changes and not enough support. I have people just now installing SQL 2005, I ask why they say they don't trust any of the others. Now they may not even be able to trust the support on older products, no wonder the economy is going to hell, we are getting put there by people that do not want to support it.
Posted by Skywalker73 on 1/4/2010 at 7:34 AM
Where's my SP4
Posted by MrSnif on 1/4/2010 at 1:45 AM
2005 SP4 would be great! Ta very much. Oh and Happy New Year
Posted by JuanLRuiz on 1/4/2010 at 12:52 AM
Although majority of us will be deploying SQL 2008 A.S.A.P (waiting for R2 release), but still SQL 2005 deserves a final SP from Microsoft, it let us continue workibg with SS2005 while we adapte our enviroments and applications. Thank you.
Posted by Robste on 1/4/2010 at 12:09 AM
Please Microsoft keep your users on your side - let's have SP4 for 2005!
Posted by iBarNor on 12/31/2009 at 5:40 AM
SP4 for SQL Server 2005 is needed at the earliest, specially for small budget companies who are already struggling due to recession. Its tough to move immediately to 2008. So SP4 could solve most of widely known issues.

Thanks for this initiative. Cheers.
Posted by Ercument1 on 12/31/2009 at 3:15 AM
When will SP4 be released ?
Posted by Bruno Pimenta on 12/31/2009 at 2:39 AM
Hope it fixes known bugs, making it a better tool than it already is.
Posted by Madhu Gorthi on 12/30/2009 at 7:39 PM
I expect SP4 soon
Posted by DarrenP73 on 12/30/2009 at 3:23 PM
As with 2000, 2005 isn't going to go away quickly. Please do us a favour, bring on the SP.
Posted by Paul Storm on 12/30/2009 at 3:17 PM
Is it possible for someone from MS to respond with an outline of the issues and considerations regarding an SP4 for SQL Server 2005? I notice that the last week has seen an unusually large number of 2005 hot fixes. It would be nice to think this was house cleaning in preparation for an SP...
Posted by TNCSysAdmin on 12/30/2009 at 1:43 PM
I also would like to see an SP4 for SQL 2005. Yearly is the *minimum* schedule for software where all the intermediate patches are, as described elsewhere in this thread, considered "non-production." If this is too hard to maintain, perhaps a smaller set of patches released in rollup updates would be in order? Oracle manages it quarterly, not sure why you guys can't also do so.
Posted by MikLemme on 12/30/2009 at 1:11 PM
Please continue to release SPs for SQL 2005 as I will have data on this platform for quite while.
Posted by ChrisAVWood on 12/30/2009 at 8:20 AM
As another site that will slowly move to SQL2008 and SQL2008 R2 we need a solid working SQL2005 and SP4 can provide this.

Chris
Posted by R Herring on 12/30/2009 at 6:55 AM
We just don't have the bandwidth to test each successive CU. We are just getting our clients (hospitals) to agree to upgrade to our SQL 2005 product version and I am sure we will be supporting it well into the next decade. SP4 now(even SP5 in another year or so) would help a lot.
Posted by James Dye on 12/30/2009 at 6:33 AM
I do plan to upgrade to SQL Server 2008, but I am still waiting for 3rd party certification from a critical vendor before I can do so. I really need SP4 for SQL Server 2005. I also support Oracle databases and Oracle provides the equivalent of a SP every quarter for both Oracle 10 and Oracle 11.
Posted by John Stafford at Lakeland on 12/30/2009 at 6:08 AM
We have several 3rd party applications running well on SQL 2005, so don't want to upgrade to SQL 2008 yet, but still want these to be as robust as possible.
Posted by Srikanth Sriram on 12/30/2009 at 3:59 AM
I really hope that SP4 for 2005, already we moved some servers migrated to SQL 2008. but lot of servers still 2005, its really helpfull tous. Waiting for that. Thanks
Posted by Daniel Smith on 12/30/2009 at 2:09 AM
Wow 315 votes in just a few days, that's gotta be a record! Hope the SQL Server team is paying attention.
Posted by David X. Gao on 12/29/2009 at 12:01 PM
I'd like to see a Service Pack 4 soon. We have just upgraded to SQL Server 2005 recently and we have no plan to move to 2008 because 2008 doesn't provide us any thing we need compared with 2005.
Posted by Nic Hopper on 12/29/2009 at 6:16 AM
With the number of CU for SQL 2005 I think SP4 is a must. Many companies I know of have no immediate plans to go to SQL 2008 so will stick with 2005 for at least 12 month.
Posted by Prashant Thakwani on 12/29/2009 at 6:12 AM
People still working on SQL Server 2005 and we are expecting a SP4 from Microsoft. it is very hard to convience the management to go with CU.
Posted by EdVassie on 12/29/2009 at 3:03 AM
I would definitely like to see a SQL Server SP following the release of VS2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 that includes all the compatibility updates needed for SQL Server 2005 to work with these products.
Posted by ChakraBlack on 12/28/2009 at 11:59 PM
I'd like to see a Service Pack 4 soon.
Posted by Anir1 on 12/28/2009 at 11:19 PM
I really hope that Microsoft will release a SP4 for SQL 2005 soon as many of us are not moving to SQL 2008 soon. Thanks
Posted by Drew Minkin on 12/28/2009 at 9:51 AM
SQL 6.5, 7.0 and 2000 all made it to SP4 at one point. We have issues trying to get buy-in for hotfixes in the financial sector and would depely appreciate having a full SP4 release sooner than later.
Posted by jwdogit on 12/28/2009 at 8:27 AM
My company does not install CUs. Please release SP4 for SS2005. We also have no plans to upgrade to 2008. We rely on service packs to maintain our currently supported versions of Microsoft products and think it is impertive that MS release SP4.
Posted by Greg M Palmes on 12/28/2009 at 8:11 AM
Microsoft REALLY needs to stop with this CU / "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..." nonsense, and release FULLY TESTED and RELIABLE service packs.

This is really getting out of hand. All the enterprise products (SQL Server, SharePoint, CRM, etc) are being given band-aids, which result in bad impressions given to the customers that are being "serviced" every other month with shoddy patches.

Posted by NDSQLGuy on 12/28/2009 at 7:59 AM
We plan to upgrade to sql 2008 but will be keeping sql 2005 for a couple years. I need microsoft to continue to patch SP4 for SQL 2005. Hopefully they also keep SP coming for a couple years.
Posted by EVALDO_SOBRAL on 12/28/2009 at 7:53 AM
SP4 is wellcome. Up until now I didn´t see reason to change actual Sql Server 2005 to Sql Server 2008. I think most important change in Sql Server is outside it, like active clusters or a new file system i/o tecnology inside Windows. A Sql Server faster justifies effort and expences.
Posted by DBAMark1 on 12/28/2009 at 6:25 AM
We run SQL 2000, 2005 and 2008 and all Service Packs are needed.
Posted by Terry Ball on 12/28/2009 at 5:13 AM
As an administrator supporting 3 major SQL 2005 Enterprise servers with about 60 instances, I would be very upset that Micorsoft would delay or not release this SP. We have plans to go to SQL 2008, but you just don't upgrade a major environment without lots of testing and proofs of concept. If this is the support they have for SQL 2005, Going to SQL 2008 would be highly doubtful at this juncture.
Posted by Craig Purnell on 12/28/2009 at 4:58 AM
SP4 for SQL Server 2005 is really needed. There's a huge installed base , just like there was for 2000. If only the maintenance team would put as much effort into Service packs as the CU's that seem to come out all the time.
Posted by luchofarje on 12/28/2009 at 1:10 AM
I think it's really necessary a SP4 for SQL 2005
Posted by Ananda.kumar2009 on 12/27/2009 at 9:46 PM
I would wait untill SP4 is released. It would be a dificult job to convince my managment to go for CU.
Posted by ChipperD on 12/27/2009 at 5:18 PM
I really hope that Microsoft will release a SP4 for SQL 2005 soon as we are not moving to SQL 2008 anytime soon. Thanks!
Posted by henry.han on 12/27/2009 at 4:58 PM
We plan to skip the version 2008 and move to the next version SQL server if necessary, so SPs is welcome for 2005 for us. Thanks.
Posted by AdzyRadzy on 12/27/2009 at 1:01 PM
I think we will be (unfortunately) skipping 2008 and moving to the next version SQL server, so a SP is welcome for 2005 for me.
Posted by I. SALOM on 12/27/2009 at 12:34 PM
I really hope that Microsoft will release a SP4 for SQL 2005 soon.
Posted by paultinnz on 12/27/2009 at 12:05 PM
Definitely sounds advisable to keep SQL 2005 as fixed as possible. Many companies don't have the resources to upgrade to SQL 2008 be that financial or otherwise.
Keep the community on your side, Microsoft!
Posted by WisdomGuidedByExperience on 12/27/2009 at 6:55 AM
And while you're at it, please finish the half-baked VSeWSS 1.3, which still languishes in March 2009 CTP. Where's the beta? Where's the Release Candidate?
Posted by aqx on 12/27/2009 at 3:16 AM
There are so many important bugfixes in all those Cumulative Updates, I think all SQL Server instances would benefit from them.
Posted by Mansour Shoari on 12/26/2009 at 4:35 PM
Although majority of us will be deploying SQL 2008 soon (waiting for R2 release), but still SQL 2005 deserves a final SP from Microsoft. Thank you.
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Posted by Cesar Forero on 2/14/2010 at 9:51 AM
Please release SP4 after you published the service pack 3 you published some CU that fixed problems introduced by SP3, we trusted in your product and we want an stable platform where to leave our business. Give us your support and we will continue supporting your products in our business.