Article Q253010

Article Q253010

Post by Chad Hirme » Tue, 04 Apr 2000 04:00:00

Hi all,

refering to artilce Q253010, how do I get the fix?

Akshay Mistry


Article Q253010

Post by Neil Pik » Wed, 05 Apr 2000 04:00:00


Quote:> refering to artilce Q253010, how do I get the fix?

Q.     What are SQL Server hot-fixes and where can I get them?

A. Hot-fixes are builds of SQL Server just like service-packs.  However they
are not fully packaged or given the same level of testing as a servicepack.  
They should only be applied to resolve a particular problem.

To get them, the official answer is that you must contact Microsoft Product
Support Services by phone.  You can get contact details from  The call screener
answering the phone will charge your account/credit card for the call - in the
US this is $195 I believe.  Then when the engineer you are put through to
determines the call is about an Microsoft bug they will refund it.  They will
tell you where to get the hot-fix, or will send it to you.

Unofficially, you can pick up hotfixes from as long as you know the build number and
pkzip password you need.  The files are called SQLbbbm.EXE where bbb is the
build number and m is the machine type.  So SQL324I.EXE is build 324 for Intel.
 The files are pkzip password protected.

Wherever you get one from be aware that hot-fixes are typically NOT regression
tested and can cause a lot more damage than they can fix.  You are strongly
urged to discuss using any hot-fix with an Microsoft PSS representative before
applying it.


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Applies to SQL Server versions  : All
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