Thursday, March 08, 2007

SQL Server 2005 SP2 - Cumulative Hotfix (build 9.0.3152)

A new cumulative hotfix package has been release for SQL Server 2005 SP2.
The new build number is 3152, they are really going fast these days :-)

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard Reports

Keith Elmore, an escalation engineer at Microsoft, has created a "Performance Dashboard" for SQL Server 2005 SP2 to detect common performance issues. It uses the new Custom Reports functionality in SP2.

More info can be found here.

The files are installed in \Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\PerformanceDashboard. You have to run setup.sql on the server(s) you wish to monitor (do remember Service Pack 2 is required!).

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

SQL Server 2005 Post SP2 Hotfix

The kind people of SSWUG warned us today about a potential problem with Service Pack 2.

And I quote:

"Important SQL Server 2005 SP2 Hotfix
If you're using SP2, you need to be sure to pick up the hotfix, to be posted today (Mar 6 2007). There is an issue with SP2 and a "mixed" environment of SQL Server versions. This issue specifically occurs in fairly small and particular circumstances. First, you have to have installed SP2. SP2 was released just a week and half ago or so, so many have this in a test environment at this point. Second, if you have an environment where pre-SP2 client utilities are in-use, if you use these utilities to open/edit cleanup processes on the SP2 servers, you can encounter the issue. SQL Server will incorrectly read the intervals set up for the cleanup processes, resulting in cleanup processes not running when expected.

We first had a report of this here on SSWUG last week. The report, and a few follow-on reports since, indicated that, after installation of SP2, packages apeared to have different intervals when they were reviewed after SP2 installation and compared with intervals set up prior to that time.

I spoke with Francois Ajenstat, Director of Product Management for SQL Server late in the day on Monday (Mar 5) and he indicated that a hotfix would be available on the SQL Server site late Mar 5/Early Mar 6 and that the SP2 bits have been (or will be at the same time) updated to include the updated code that corrects the issue.

What you need to know: Not correcting this issue could lead to data loss in some circumstances. According to Arjenstat, if you've installed SP2, you must apply the hotfix, available on the site. You should do this immediately to avoid the issues outlined here. Second, if you've downloaded and not yet installed SP2 on all or some of your servers, for those that hav not yet been installed, you need to get the newer SP2 update and be sure you're using that as you update your servers. While there are mitigating circumstances around this (versions, mixed environment, cleanup tasks), Arjenstat said they're being very open and aggressive in getting the news of the udpate out there and the updated bits available on the site immediately. If you are experiencing issues, PSS will work with you to help resolve them."

The KB article can be found here. The SP2 download has also been refreshed so if you download the new SP2 install file this fix will be included.