KB5003279 - SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 3 release information
Release Date: September 15, 2021
This article contains important information to read before you install Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 3 (SP3). It describes how to get the service pack, the list of fixes that are included in the service pack, known issues, and a list of copyright attributions for the product.
This article serves as a single source of information to locate all documentation that's related to this service pack. It includes all the information that you previously found in the release notes and Readme.txt files.
Known issues in this update
If you use the Change Tracking feature, you might encounter errors. For more information, see KB5007039 before you apply this update package.
List of fixes included in SQL Server 2016 SP3
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 service packs are cumulative updates. SQL Server 2016 SP3 upgrades all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2016 to SQL Server 2016 SP3. In addition to the fixes that are listed in this article, SQL Server 2016 SP3 includes hotfixes that were included in SQL Server 2016 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) to SQL Server 2016 SP2 CU17.
For more information about the cumulative updates that are available in SQL Server 2016, see SQL Server 2016 build versions.
- Additional fixes that aren't documented here may also be included in the service pack.
- This list will be updated when more articles are released.
For more information about the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2016 SP3, go to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles.
How to get SQL Server 2016 SP3
SQL Server 2016 SP3, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP3 Express, and Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP3 Feature Pack are available for manual download and installation at the following Microsoft Download Center websites.
After you install this service pack, the SQL Server service version should be 13.0.6300.2. Microsoft SQL Server 2016 service packs are cumulative updates. SQL Server 2016 SP3 upgrades all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2016 to SQL Server 2016 SP3.
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Notes for this update
For more information about how to upgrade your SQL Server installation to SQL Server 2016 SP3, see Supported Version and Edition Upgrades.
Uninstalling SQL Server 2016 SP3 (not recommended)
If, for any reason, you choose to uninstall SQL Server 2016 SP3, the uninstallation of SQL Server 2016 SP3 will not be blocked, and you will be able to uninstall SQL Server 2016 SP3 in the same manner as any other service packs. However, if you are running the Standard, Web, or Express edition of SQL Server, and you are using some new features that are unlocked only when you start SQL Server 2016 SP3, you might experience errors or see databases left in a suspect state after the uninstallation of SQL Server 2016 SP3. Even worse, if the system databases are using new features (for example, partitioned tables in master databases), this could prevent SQL Server instances from starting after you uninstall SQL Server 2016 SP3.
We recommend that you verify that all the new features are disabled or dropped before you choose to uninstall SQL Server 2016 SP3 on editions other than the Enterprise edition. You cannot drop the memory_optimized_data filegroup on your database with SP3, you should not uninstall SQL Server 2016 SP3. Otherwise, the database will get into a suspect state, and the following entry will be logged in the error log:
<DateTime> Error: 41381, Severity: 21, State: 1.<DateTime> The database cannot be started in this edition of SQL Server because it contains a MEMORY_OPTIMIZED_DATA filegroup. See Books Online for more details on feature support in different SQL Server editions.
How to intall R Services
To learn how to install SQL Server 2016 R Services on Windows, see Install SQL Server 2016 R Services
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