Microsoft on Monday released Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2005, a major upgrade that adds support for Windows Vista and Office 2007. In addition, Microsoft is now allowing unlimited virtual instances of SQL Server on severs licensed for the Enterprise Edition of the database software.
SP2 for SQL Server 2005 is available for immediate download. Separately, Microsoft released a new Community Technology Preview of Windows Server "Longhorn," the successor to Windows Server 2003. Although Microsoft planned Beta 3 for early 2007, the February CTP is not quite there yet, and the company asks all beta testers to download and install the interim release.