Update on the Service Pack plans for SQL Server.

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Dear Customers,



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 of
votes 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.


Jean-Yves Devant 

Senior Program Manager

Servicing PM of High Availability and Mobile Technologies in SQL Server.

Release PM of Service Packs for SQL Server




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  • 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).

  • Is there an update on service pack for SQL Server 2008 R2 yet?

  • 11 CUs for SQL 2008R2 SP2 - time for a properly tested service pack for sure.

  • We are still waiting for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 . . .

  • Surely with so many fixes in the cumulative updates for SQL2008, 2008R2 and 2012 since their last service packs and the imminent end of full support for 2008 and 2008R2 it would be best for all businesses using these products to run with the most current version of the product. My business supports using cumulative updates but many others do not.

    Please produce SQL2012 SP2 as promised and SQL2008 and 2008R2 service packs. We run with a lot of SQL2008R2 that will take time to upgrade to 2012 or 2014 so I would want a fully supported and tested version when full support ends in July.


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