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Article ID: 197177 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 7.0


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This article describes how to obtain Service Pack 5a for Microsoft SQL Server version 6.5. To see a complete list of bugs that are fixed by this update, see either the Fixlist.htm file that accompanies the service pack or the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

197174  ( ) FIX: SQL Server 6.5 Service Pack 5 Fixlist
For additional information and installation instructions, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
197176  ( ) INF: Readme.txt for SQL Server 6.5 Service Pack 5a
NOTE: This service pack is for use only by holders of a current valid Microsoft SQL Server version 6.5 license. This service pack addresses some specific problems that were discovered in SQL Server version 6.5 after it began shipping. Microsoft recommends that all Microsoft SQL Server version 6.5 users apply this service pack.

SQL Server 6.5 Service Pack 5a is available for Intel (x86) and Alpha-based computers.

NOTE: For information and installation instructions on the German version of the service pack, click the article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: Q197176 ( INF: Readme.txt fr SQL Server, Version 6.5, Service Pack 5.

Instructions for Downloading

The following files are available for download on the Internet:

For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591  ( ) How To Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

To obtain these self-extracting files using the anonymous FTP server on the Internet:

  1. Go to either of the following FTP sites:

  2. Locate and open one of the following folders and download the file:

    • /bussys/sql/public/fixes/usa/SQL65/Sp5/Sp5ax86.exe
    • /bussys/sql/public/fixes/usa/SQL65/Sp5/Sp5aAlp.exe
    • /Softlib/MSLFILES/Sp5ax86.exe
    • /Softlib/MSLFILES/Sp5aAlp.exe
These files are also available on the Microsoft World Wide Web site on the Internet. To find them, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to ( .
  2. Click Drivers and Other Downloads. Note that you may need to click Show Long Menu before you click Downloads.
  3. Click BackOffice, click SQL Server, and then click the name of the file you want to download.

More information

The files in the Microsoft Software Library are compressed, self- extracting executable files. After you download the file you need, simply run it to extract the files it contains. Note that the expanded file for each of the platforms contains both the Readme.txt file for installation instructions of the service pack, and the Fixlist.htm file describing all bugs that are corrected with this patch.

If you need more information or assistance regarding this service pack, please contact your primary support provider.
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