Hooray! Microsoft’s Bob Ward has announced the availability of completely self-service Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2005. This is a great time saver, and it something many people had been asking Microsoft to do in recent months.
It used to be that when Microsoft released a Cumulative Update (CU) for SQL Server 2005, you had to call Microsoft CSS and request a link and password in order to download the CU. This was a big pain and waste of time (for customers and for Microsoft). Then, about nine months ago, Microsoft provided a web form, where you could enter your e-mail, and information about what version of SQL Server 2005, what platform, etc., which would result in you getting the link and password in about eight hours (after a support engineer in India reviewed it and sent you an e-mail). This was better, but still frustrating and slow.
Now, you can just follow a link on the CU KB article page, and request the CU link and password yourself, with no human intervention or delay. This is great! BTW, the latest CU is CU7 (Build 3239).