We would like to share some updates on our planning for SQL Server Service Packs.
We have seen the feedback on Connect (feedback IDs 814658, 814656, 814600) and the number ofvotes they each have received. We will continue to keep you posted on updates as our planning evolves.
For SQL Server 2012:
We are planning to deliver Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2012 later this year.
For SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2:
As you may be aware these versions are scheduled to exit mainstream support on July 8, 2014 as per Microsoft’s Lifecycle Policy.
For that reason we are actively working to clarify the service pack story for these versions.
We understand this is an important topic and would like to assure you it is our commitment to deliver first class servicing for SQL Server.
Stay tuned for further updates on this blog in the coming weeks.
Senior Program Manager
Servicing PM of High Availability and Mobile Technologies in SQL Server.
Release PM of Service Packs for SQL Server
Please make sure SP2 available in windows update catalog .. we spend 100s of hours patch 2008r2 sp2 just because its not available on windows update catalog ..
Thiru-Dell, I know it's not a cure all, but there are some great directions to slipstream the install media for 2008 R2 SP2 so that on future installations it's done as part of the installation for you.
I really hope that Microsoft decides to release a final set of Service Packs for both SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. It is pretty clear that this is what most customers want.
Getting more customers on a newer build of the version of SQL Server that they are running is a good way to wrap up these two releases. Since many customers will not deploy Cumulative Updates, a final set of Service Packs will help get more customers to install a newer build before both versions go out of mainstream support in July.
Erik,thanks for the slipstream tip. Our std is 2102 sp1.. However ,wr have many servers with sp1 prod/nonprod for those systems windows catalog R2 sp2 helps.....
This really said nothing other than acknowledging there was confusion and complaints.
@Erik slipstreaming of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 doesn't work. I haven't found any reliable procedure of preparing image of 2008 R2 with SP2.
Basically what Glenn said. Our policy is to go from service pack to service pack unless we need a patch to resolve a particular issue. A final SP release for 2008 & 2008 R2 is definately what is needed. Thanks.
Thanks Jean-Yves ... It's good to hear that the end of mainstream support will be July 2014 instead of July 2012 (when the last service pack was published).
My customers (and myself) are all looking for another SP for 2008 and 2008 R2. It's been a LONG time for both since the last SP!
Slipstreaming media is a simple and effective method.
The following link gives detailed instructions on the process... Just modify with process with the use of SP2 files.
I echo the 2008 R2 SP 3, is what is needed. I'd also like to see an overall plan/strategy from Microsoft on if Service Packs and/or CU's on a go forward basis. If I had to guess we will only ever see SP 1 on each new release in the off year of their 2 year product release cycle, so SP 2 would be SQL 2016 or 2014 R2 (whatever they name it).