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If you’re interested in seeing the next Service Pack for SQL Server 2008 released, vote for it at this Microsoft Connect page!  Now that the release date for R2 has been announced, hopefully the next one is for SQL 2008 Service Pack 2.

If you’re still on 2005 and thus more interested in an SP4 for that version, it has also been posted at Connect.

How did I find out?  Through the following blog posts at SSQA.NET:

SQL Server 2008 SP2

SQL Server 2005 SP4

Update (27 Feb 2010):

SQL Server 2008 SP2 is scheduled for Q3 2010.

SQL Server 2005 SP4 is scheduled for Q4 2010.

See this post on the Microsoft SQL Server Release Services blog for details.

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Having trouble connecting to your 2005 Integration Services using Management Studio 2008?  Even when you only have SQL Server Integration Services running, and not version 10.0?

Integration Services

To make it even better, have you noticed that SQL Server Integration Services 10.0 will start up when you connect to it from SSMS 2008?

Well, that’s by design.  SSMS 2008 can only connect to SSIS 2008.  And SSMS 2005 can only connect to SSIS 2005.  So don’t go uninstalling the 2005 Management Studio to save some space if you use Integration Services 2005!

There’s some (limited) info on Microsoft Connect and on SQL Server Central.

Update: when trying to use SSMS 2008 to connect to SSRS 2005, an error coming from the Report Server WMI provider will show up complaining about a couple of invalid namespaces (Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.UI.RSClient and System.Management).  It has been reported as a bug on Microsoft Connect.  Microsoft’s feedback is that the issue is caused by a breaking change in the WMI namespace and that it won’t be fixed.

So there you go, neither Reporting Services nor Integration Services 2005 can be connected to using Management Studio 2008.

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This time I’ll start with the conclusion: it is not a good idea to compress the \Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\ folder using NTFS compression, not even on a laptop with less than a GB free on the C: partition.  Because if you do, you will get an error when installing SP3 for SQL Server 2005.  (I know, it’s not a best practice in terms of performance but for once that was really not what I was trying to optimize here. ;-) )

When going through the installation steps of the service pack, it will start upgrading your components.  And suddenly you get the famous "hotfix.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close" popup.  No explanation or any error description, just the usual popup to sent the error report to Microsoft.  The application event log gave me more info:

Product: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 — Error 28062. SQL Server Setup cannot install files to the compressed or encrypted folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\. To continue, make sure that your installation directories are not compressed or encrypted, or specify a different directory, and then run SQL Server Setup again.

The folder properties tell me that I will lose about 1.5 GB when I decompress my SQL Server folder.  Luckily I now have 5 GB free (I compressed my whole Program Files folder about a month ago) so that should be okay…

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In the meantime the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Setup keeps on running, upgrading the other components.  Only the Database Services component is now showing a failure status.  When all other components are upgraded, you have the option to click the View Summary button in the Installation Complete screen.  This also shows the error mentioned earlier.  And of course you could also open the log file (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Setup Bootstrap\LOG\Hotfix\SQL9_Hotfix_KB955706_sqlrun_sql.msp.log) for details.

Sidenote: my C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Setup Bootstrap\LOG\ folder currently contains 1.97 GB of log files.  Another folder to clean out once the SP is fully installed.

After decompressing the folder I started setup again.  It selected Database Services as the only remaining component for upgrade.  This all went smoothly and my SQL 2005 is now happily reporting version 9.00.4035.00.

Microsoft is aware of the issue and said in 2005 that it will consider adding the functionality in a future version.  Anyone who wants to try this out on 2008 once the first SP arrives?

If you want to know the inner details of why you should never compress your SQL Server data and log files in a production environment, check out this great article by Ken Henderson.

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Have you ever had the situation that you wrote an MDX query to get some data out of a cube in Management Studio and executed it and waited and waited and the query never seems to end so you decide to cancel it so you click the red square button and then you wait and wait and wait some more and….  Well, it’s a bug.

And the worst part of it, in my opinion, is that, even when you close your client connection to Analysis Services, the query keeps running on the server consuming CPU and memory and will finally take it down.

The good part is that Microsoft has fixed it in Cumulative Update 2 for Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2005.  And now of course SP3 can be used as well to fix this situation.

The bug is described here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935832

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Microsoft has released an early Christmas present in the form of Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005.

The SP can be downloaded from the Download Center.  Same for the updated Books Online.

As I’m a fan of version numbers, SP3 upgrades your SQL Server to version 9.00.4035.

Besides all the fixes from the cumulative updates, the service pack also contains some enhancements.  The one that caught my interest is the following:

In SharePoint integrated mode, reports typically run slower than the same reports run in native mode. The main cause of this latency can be attributed to SharePoint object model calls that are made. In SQL Server 2005 SP3, the number of SharePoint object model calls that SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) makes are optimized. This optimization reduces some of the latency when you compare report performance with native mode.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some downloads to do :-)

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