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Posted Friday, April 26, 2013 6:23 AM


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So my new job requires that SQL instances be kept up to current and supported versions, including security updates / fixes.

I'm sure MS has a page which lists the current updates available for SQL and when support for them ends.

Ideally, this would also allow me to look over the updates / fixes / improvements, and decide if I want to load them now, or later.

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Jason A.
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Posted Friday, April 26, 2013 7:10 AM


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New service packs (SP) should be installed as soon as possible and no later than 1 year after their release in order to stay supported. Security updates should be installed as soon as possible, preferably within the same week Microsoft releases them.

Other cumulative updates (CU) are generally optional and often ignored unless they address a specific issue you really need to take care of right away. Otherwise, it's usually safer to wait for the next SP, which will include all CUs in a single package that's been more thoroughly tested by both MS and the community.




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Posted Friday, April 26, 2013 7:40 AM


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Thanks, that site helps!
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