KB5003279 - SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 3 release information

Release Date:   September 15, 2021
Version:   13.0.6300.2

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.

Bug reference Area Path Description
14048342 Improvement: Availability Group listener without the load balancer in SQL Server 2019, 2017, and 2016 (KB4578579) High Availability
12344341 FIX: Transaction log isn't truncated on a single node Availability Group in SQL Server (KB4515772) High Availability
13323519 FIX: Non-yielding Scheduler error may occur with Always On availability group in Microsoft SQL Server (KB4541303) High Availability
14059362 FIX: Log line is verbose when Always On Availability Group has many databases in SQL Server 2019 and 2016 (KB5003596) High Availability
13829857 Fixes an access violation exception that may occur when sp_server_diagnostics is executed. High Availability
14031841 Fixes an issue that causes the database log_reuse_wait_desc to change to AVAILABILITY_REPLICA when a database is removed from Availability Group. High Availability
13435419 Fixes security vulnerabilities CVE-2015-6420 and CVE-2017-15708 Integration Services
13163658 FIX: Setup fails when you install SQL Server on FCI with mount points (KB5005686) Setup & Install
14056703 Improvement: Enable DNN feature in SQL Server 2019 and 2016 FCI (KB4537868) SQL Connectivity
13526297 INSERT EXEC failed because the stored procedure altered the schema of the target table error in SQL Server 2016 SQL Engine
12670403 Improvement: Improve CDC supportability and usability with In-Memory Databases (KB4500511) SQL Engine
13330609 Improvement: Size and retention policy are increased in default XEvent trace system_health in SQL Server 2019, 2017, and 2016 (KB4541132) SQL Engine
13032229 Improvement: New XEvents temp_table_cache_trace and temp_table_destroy_list_trace are created in SQL Server 2019 and 2016 (KB5003937) SQL Engine
11324212 FIX: Assertion occurs when you access memory-optimized table through MARS in SQL Server 2017 or 2016 (KB4046056) SQL Engine
12920913 FIX: Error occurs when sp_addarticle is used to add article for transactional replication to memory-optimized table on subscriber in SQL Server 2017 and 2016 (KB4493329) SQL Engine
13048725 FIX: Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 is added to SQL Server 2017, 2016, and 2014 (KB4506023) SQL Engine
13186160 FIX: SQL update package does not update Local DB files correctly when installed using SqlLocalDb.msi (KB4526524) SQL Engine
12107073 FIX: Assertion occurs when sys.sp_cdc_enable_table is used to enable CDC on column set table in SQL Server 2017 and 2016 (KB4531386) SQL Engine
13128336 FIX: Fix incorrect memory page accounting that causes out-of-memory errors in SQL Server (KB4536005) SQL Engine
13127842 FIX: Access violation exception occurs when promoting latches of frequently used database pages in SQL Server 2017 and 2016 (KB4551720) SQL Engine
13345987 FIX: Managed backup fails to take full backup when backup preference is set to secondary on Read-Only secondary in SQL Server 2016 (KB5004059) SQL Engine
14048422 FIX: Update SQL Server 2017 and 2016 CEIP service to send usage and diagnostic data to a new endpoint (KB5004466) SQL Engine
14037575 FIX: SQLLocalDB.exe info doesn't display information about the specified LocalDB instance if SQL LocalDB 2016 SP2 is installed (KB5005453) SQL Engine
13327250 FIX: "SQLLocalDB.exe versions" stops listing the versions of LocalDB installed on the computer if SQL LocalDB 2016 SP1/SP2 is installed (KB5005687) SQL Engine
13965515 Fixes EXCEPTION_INVALID_CRT_PARAMETER exception when you perform INSERT\UPDATE of wide replicated table. SQL Engine
13990061 Fixes a memory leak when you use STDistance spatial method with a spatial index. SQL Engine
13992219 Fixes the sp_hadr_verify_replication_publisher displaying wrong distribution database name in error message. SQL Engine
14034656 Introduces new logging and XEvents to help troubleshoot long-running Buffer Pool scans. For more information, see Operations that scan SQL Server buffer pool are slow on large memory machines. SQL Engine
14042368 Fixes an issue in which some of the temporary working folders aren't cleared when many R queries are run in parallel. SQL Engine
14043334 Fixes the following assertion that may cause SQL Server to generate a dump:

RecXdes::AnalyzeLogRecord file =FilePath\FileName line = LineNumber expression = m_state == XDES_COMMITTED
SQL Engine
14068486 Fixes an issue where you are unable to set up Managed Backup on SQL Server 2016 by using Azure SAS credential with a long secret due to SAS expiration. SQL Engine
14072767 Enables new logging format for SQL Writer that provides additional troubleshooting data in an easy to read/parse format, along with enhanced control of log verbosity and enabling/disabling. For more information, see SQL Server VSS Writer logging. SQL Engine
14117764 Fixes Snapshot Agent performance issue observed on SQL 2016 SP2 CU13 and later. SQL Engine
14130908 Fixes a missing data problem in Change Data Capture (CDC) side table and adds more error handling to prevent data loss. SQL Engine
14187407 Fixes an issue where you cannot run Machine Learning Services (R scripts) when you slipstream an installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2016 without vc_redist 2015 (msvcp140.dll). SQL Engine
14193631 Fixes an issue where an access violation (AV) occurs and you see keywords EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION and FFtFileObject::ProcessSetInfo in the SQL Server error log when you use the FileTable feature in SQL Server on the machine that uses Windows Defender Antivirus.

Note: This issue can occur after Windows Defender updates on Windows 10, version 1607 or a later version, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019.
SQL Engine
12904837 Improvement: Enhancement adds sql_statement_post_compile XEvent in SQL Server 2017 and 2016 (KB4480630) SQL Performance
Improvement: Corrupt statistics can be detected by using extended_logical_checks in SQL Server 2019 and 2016 (KB4530907) SQL Performance
12994428 Makes CPU time and duration reported by xevent query_plan_profile more accurate. For more information, see Query Profiling Infrastructure. SQL Performance
13989322 Fixes the Access Violation error that occurs when ALTER INDEX is forced to execute using Query Store. SQL Performance
14056563 Fixes a stack overflow issue when you run a query that has a very large number of UNION clauses. SQL Performance
14080827 Fixes an assertion in CQPOnDemandTask::ExecuteQPJob if auto async update statistics is enabled. SQL Performance
10087766 FIX: SQL Server fails to start with error messages when an incorrect certificate is provisioned for SSL (KB5005689) SQL Security

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.

File information

File hash information
File name SHA256 hash
SQLServer2016SP3-KB5003279-x64-ENU.exe CAE75F65C7C3C263A7BDBAEF0F4AFD0AE49BAF57C08AB27141A7B26008658A91
SQLServer2016-SSEI-Expr.exe 25692917049A856B9CCEA2C1242F42A1A585D3AD94F1F449E93BE183F17C397A

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

Copyright attributions
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