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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 has released.

    Dear Customers, Microsoft SQL Server Product team is pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 (SP3). As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is free and doesn’t require an additional service contract. Both,...
  • Blog Post: End of Mainstream support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2

    We would like to remind all customers that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 has ended on July 8, 2014. Microsoft is ending support for these products as part of our Support Lifecycle policy, found in http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle . Customers are encouraged to...
  • Blog Post: Update on the Service Pack plans for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2.

    Dear Customers, We are planning to ship one last Service Pack for both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. Because of the maturity of SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, these Service Pack(s) will be an exception in terms of timing and will ship after mainstream support of these releases ends...
  • Blog Post: Update on the Service Pack plans for SQL Server.

    Dear C ustomers, 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...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update #11 for SQL Server 2008 SP3

    Dear Customers, The 11 th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 11 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 SP3. To learn more about the release or servicing...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update # 12 for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Dear Customers, The 12 th Cumulative Update release for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 12 contains all the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 hotfixes which have been available since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. To learn...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update # 6 for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2

    Dear Customers, The 6 th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 6 contains all the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 hotfixes which have been available since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2. To learn...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3

    Dear Customers, The 10 th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 10 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 SP3. To learn more about the release or servicing...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update #9 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3

    Dear Customers, The 9 th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 is now available for download at the Microsoft Support site. Cumulative Update 9 contains all the hotfixes released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 SP3. To learn more about the release or servicing...
  • Blog Post: End of Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 and End of Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2008 SP1

    We would like to remind all customers that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 will end on April 12, 2011 , and Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 will end on October 11, 2011. Microsoft is ending support for these products as...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer is now available

    Following the original release of SQL Server 2008 R2 we are pleased to announce the associated release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA). BPA is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall conformance of their SQL Server instances and topology with established...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Express Edition SP1 and support for .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 is now released!

    The SQL Server team has released an updated package of SQL Server 2008 Express Edition SP1 that supports .NET Framework 4 Beta 2, extending the range of .NET Framework versions supported by SQL Server 2008 Express SP1 to .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, 3.5 SP1 and 4 Beta 2! The reason for this update is that...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2008 RTM

    Keep your system up to date with the most recent cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 RTM. This package contains all of the SQL Server 2008 hotfixes that have been released since the initial release of SQL Server 2008 RTM. o Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server o...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack RC0 is here

    The June 2008 Feature Pack RC0 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is live now! It is a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008 RC0 . This released contained following components: Components Name New components in RC0 ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack CTP is here

    The February 2008 Feature Pack Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is now live. It is a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008. And this is the first SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack CTP. Link to download: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Samples have a new home on Codeplex

    Looking for the AdventureWorks database or a sample application for the July CTP? All sample applications and databases for SQL Server are now hosted on Codeplex , Microsoft’s open source project hosting site. With the move to Codeplex, you can directly access all Microsoft SQL Server product sample...
  • Blog Post: Try out our July CTP on SQL Server Connect!

    SQL Server 2008 July CTP is now available from our CTP Program Site ! Learn more about July CTP improvements. https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=5470 Learn more about live events, including web chats, regarding the July CTP. https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer...
  • Blog Post: Joint Launch date for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008

    Microsoft recently announced that Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 would be launched together on February 27, 2007. While not all of these products will be released on the exact same day during Q2 CY2008, we want to clearly communicate with our customers and partners that...
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