Microsoft released SQL Server 2000 SP3a. It includes the following improvements over SP3:
Includes a new version of Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) version 2.71a
Fixes the following bugs:
- SQL Server Does Not Start and an Access Violation Occurs After You Install SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (KB 814572)
- Performance Degradation and Memory Leak in the SQL Server ODBC Driver (KB 814410)
Improves serviceability for SQL Server 2000 Evaluation Edition
SP3a enables service pack upgrades for trial software. In the past, service packs have not been applicable to trial software.
Disables listening on port 1434 when networking is disabled
This provides further protection from "denial of service" attacks.
SP3a can be applied to an original installation or to one where SP1, SP2, or SP3 was previously applied.
Microsoft says that if you have applied SP3, you do not need to apply SP3a. SP3a is only for SQL Server users who have not applied any versions of SP3. However, you should use SP3a rather than SP3 moving forward.
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SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a available
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