Microsoft has released SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Beta. SP3 contains all cumulative updates for SQL Server 2005 plus a handful of other fixes. If you've kept on top of the cumulative updates there really isn't much new in SP3, which makes me wonder why these weren’t just rolled into a cumulative update #11. Nevertheless, here’s what Microsoft’s “What’s New” page shows:
- One update for DBCC commands in the DB Engine
- Support for running notifications services against SQL 2008
- An additional parameter for sp_showpendingchanges to help identify pending changes of replication subscribers
- Three updates to Reporting Services
This is a “for testing purposes” only release so use it at your own risk.
Download: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 - Beta