Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) Released to Download Center

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available. "While keeping product changes contained, we have made significant investments to ease deployment and management of Service Packs," Microsoft stated."SQL Server 2008 SP3 contains the cumulative updates of SQL Server 2008 SP2 cumulative update package 1 to 4, and fixes to issues that have been […]

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available. "While keeping product changes contained, we have made significant investments to ease deployment and management of Service Packs," Microsoft stated.

"SQL Server 2008 SP3 contains the cumulative updates of SQL Server 2008 SP2 cumulative update package 1 to 4, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability enhancements and issues that have been reported through Windows Error Reporting," the software company added.

These packages may be used to upgrade any of the following editions of SQL Server 2008:

  • Enterprise
  • Standard
  • Evaluation
  • Developer
  • Workgroup

A few key enhancements in SP3:

  • Enhanced upgrade experience from previous versions of SQL Server to SQL Server 2008 SP3. In addition, we have increased the performance & reliability of the setup experience.
  • In SQL Server Integration Services logs will now show the total number of rows sent in Data Flows.
  • Enhanced warning messages when creating the maintenance plan if the Shrink Database option is enabled.
  • Resolving database issue with transparent data encryption enabled and making it available even if certificate is dropped.
  • Optimized query outcomes when indexed Spatial Data Type column is referenced by DTA (Database Tuning Advisor).
  • Superior user experience with Sequence Functions (e.g Row_Numbers()) in a Parallel execution plan.

SQL Server 2008 SP3 contains the cumulative updates of SQL Server 2008 SP2 cumulative update package 1 to 4, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability enhancements and issues that have been reported through Windows Error Reporting.

Note: To obtain SQL Server 2008 SP3 for Express Edition or Express Edition with Advanced Services, please go here.

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 via Microsoft Download Center.