Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - November 2005

Today the goodness just keeps on coming.

I just read a post from Dave Wickert on the Olap newsgroup about the newly released feature pack for SQL Server 2005. It contains all the following goodies.

  • Microsoft ADOMD.NET (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
  • Microsoft OLEDB Provider for DB2 (x86)
  • Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (coming soon)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 PivotTable Services (x86)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DTS Designer Components (x86)
  • Microsoft SQL Server Native Client (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services 9.0 OLE DB Provider (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Command Line Query Utility (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Datamining Viewer Controls (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Objects Collection (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Client Components (x86, x64, ia64)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor
  • Microsoft .NET Data Provider for mySAP Business Suite (x86)
  • Reporting Add-In for Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express

That's a whole lot of downloads all on the one page. I must admin there were a couple of surprises in there.

  1. The SQL 2000 DTS Designer component is one, the message I had heard from MS was that designing SQL 2000 DTS packages was a job that was going to be left in Enterprise Manager.
  2. And the fact that the backward compatibility tools come in an x64 flavour also supprises me, apparently it includes a DTS runtime - so you can now run DTS packages on x64 hardware. Personally I think If an organisation is upgrading to SQL 2005 they are better off taking the hit upfront and converting their packges to SSIS. But I also recognise that in the real world sometimes there are compromises that need to be made

My other problem is I need to find an x64 OLEDB provider for AS/400 DB2 and the one in this feature pack only comes in x86 flavour - anyone out there know of anything?

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