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SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

At the heart of any MOSS implementation is SQL Server 2005.  With Service Pack 2 released recently (Feb 19), there are a number of new features and add-ons.

I’m currently setting up a VM to try out some MOSS functionality – and needed a new SQL Server installation – so planning to try SP2.

Firstly, click here to download SQL Server 2005 SP2.

Then, the door is opened to a number of add-on features – contained within the Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – February 2007.

Each can be downloaded separately.  Here’s a “few” of them :

Microsoft ADOMD.NET

    ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft .NET Framework object model that enables software developers to create client-side applications that browse metadata and query data stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services.

Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

    Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 is the latest version of the native XML processing stack.

Microsoft OLEDB Provider for DB2

Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for MOM 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Command Line Query Utility

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Client Components

Reporting Add-In for Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express

and – most interesting of all :

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies allows you to take advantage of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) report processing and management capabilities in SharePoint.
    The download provides a Report Viewer web part, web application pages, and support for using standard Windows SharePoint Services.

                  More soon – will update as the VM installation progresses.

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