There have been several discussions in the communities (forums, newsgroups, blogs) on the fact that Vista, the next version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, does not (or will not) support SQL Server 2005. And when I say "discussions", I really should say "complaints".

Yes, SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Express are not supported on Vista. That's a fact. Here's another fact: Vista has not been officially released yet.

Although the new operating system has been released to manufacture on November 8th 2006 it will not be widely available until the end of January 2007. So, how can anyone expect Vista to support SQL Server 2005 if it hasn't been released yet? ;)

Back in September 2006 (that's *before* the new operating system was released to manufacture) Microsoft already announced that Vista (and "Longhorn") will only support SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 or later. Obviously, not everyone actually reads (or understands) these announcements. :)

Anyway, yesterday the December 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2005 SP2 has been made available, which – I assume – will put an end to those completely unfounded rumours.

Me? I'm waiting for SP2 RTM. After all, this is the holiday season. No need to spoil it with installs and re-installs. ;)


Update (February 19th 2007)

Windows Vista has been officially released on January 29th 2007 followed by the release of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 on February 19th which means that SQL Server 2005 can now be used on the new version of this popular Operating System. This should put an end to the confusion.


ML