Microsoft releases SQL Server Service 2000 Pack 3

Microsoft on Monday announced availability of SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3, featuring a monitoring API, error reporting enhancements, and increased performance for Microsoft's server database. Fixes are included for analysis services, manageability, and replication as well.

A highlight of the service pack is a new monitoring API allowing DBAs or third-party tools, such as Precise/In-depth for SQL Server, to diagnose problem processes, according to the company.

Other updates to boost serviceability include an error reporting function enabling Microsoft to be automatically notified about critical errors. Multi-server administration also is improved.

Database performance is improved through use of Virtual Interface (VI) technology in the SQL Server networking layer, to reduce CPU consumption per message on the server and client systems, according to Microsoft. Also to boost performance, support is provided for QLogic's VI-enabled SAN QLA2350 Fibre Channel controller.

Security is enhanced through provision of Updated Books Online, enabling customers to have more guidance on security. Patches are provided for known vulnerabilities reported by users or discovered through testing. In addition, SQL Server Agent can be run as a non-administrator.

Fixes are provided for manageability, to improve SQL Server Agent logging and database replication.

Customers can download the service pack here.

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