Update on the Service Pack plans for SQL Server.

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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  • "Stay tuned for further updates on this blog in the coming weeks." - Have I missed these updates? It would be helpful to know if a decision has been made on when SP4 for 2008 and SP3 for 2008 R2 are going to be released? I have many customers eagerly waiting on the final service packs for 2008 to be released.

  • So far, no updates have been announced. It is only sixty days until Mainstream support ends for both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, so unless Microsoft has already started their test cycle for final Service Packs, I don't think it is going to happen.

  • Like Mark said above, we were expecting updates in the coming weeks.  It has been almost 3 months since this entry was made, and there has been no update posted on this blog, or on any of the Connect items (like Glenn's) that point us here.

    Would appreciate if Microsoft could "clarify the service pack story for these versions", whichever way it is decided.

  • I would like a final SP for 2008R2 since we have several dozen large clients that rely on SQL Server 2008 R2 at this point and, while they have plans to move to SQL 2012 shortly, should still be covered until that point.

  • Enterprises with large number of servers need service pack to patch all of The servers to The same Level. So we need a kast service pack For 2008 and 2008 R2

  • Please provide an SP2 for SQL 2008R2. This is very important for our 100+ customers running our software on SQL Server. Our Customers mostly are very reluctant to by new licenses if they can in any way.

  • Service Packs / CUs on SQL Server as far as I'm concerned are a total fail at this point. There seem as though there is no direction and and no one in charge. It gives the impression of total incompetence within the SQL team. I know that is certainly not the case, but that is indeed the impression.

  • The last Service Pack for 2008 was October 2011. Come on, that's more than 2 years!

    We still have applications that do not support SQL 2012, let alone SQL 2014, and an upgrade to 2008 R2 doesn't make sense.

    So I would really appreciate a final Service Pack for 2008.

  • Three months on and still no news on these Service Packs.

    "Later this year" is a pretty big time span. How about narrowing it down a bit, or are we supposed to wait patiently until December 31st for you to fail to deliver?

    Where are the "further updates" that were promised "in the coming weeks"?

    I'm sure you would  "like to assure you it is our commitment to deliver first class servicing for SQL Server" but action is needed. Your nice (and vague) words followed by stony silence do not assure us at all.

  • Good to hear about the SQL2008 and 2008R2 end of life service packs. Is there any update on the SQL2012 SP2 promised?



  • Thank you for confirming final service packs will be released for SQL Server 2008: blogs.msdn.com/.../update-on-the-service-pack-plans-for-sql-server-2008-and-sql-server-2008-r2.aspx

  • YES, we all need a Service Pack for older versions of SQL as well as current. The other request is to have SQL SP and CUs available through the catalog for SCCM, as Thiru mentioned.

    SP2 for SQL Server 2012 has been released, however there are a couple corruption bugs not fixed on SP2, and it was just released this 06/20/2014.

    2969896 FIX: Data loss in clustered index occurs when you run online build index in SQL Server 2012 (Hotfix for SQL2012 SP2)

  • Is there a later update (outside of the May 29 posting) regarding the relase of sevice pack 3 for SQL 2008 R2 and serive pack 4 for SQL 2008?

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