A SQL Server Patching Shortcut

  • Ajmer Dhariwal

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  • akljfhnlaflkj

    SSC Guru

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    Thanks for your article.

  • Ajmer

    Newbie

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    No probs - I hope people found it useful

  • samot-dwarf

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    If you are using Total Commander, you can press Ctrl-PageDown to enter the archive (similar to switching to a folder) and use the usual Copy-routine to extract the files you want to whereever you want.

  • wwhh296

    Grasshopper

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    The title seems misleading. It could be A SQL Server Patch Download Shortcut. One download can serve all same domain server using shared location.

  • SeniorITGuy

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    I use this method all the time not only for patches but for new instance installs as well.

    Another tip: Instead of /extract you can just use /x

    Tip 2: If you don't specify a target directory for the extraction you will get a GUI prompt and you can browse to where you want to store the files. If the final directory doesn't exist, just type it in.

    As I said before I do this for new installs as well. I extract my Service Pack and Cumulative Updates with this method. Then I run the SQL server setup from command line with the options /PCU="<path to service pack extracted files>" /CU="<path to cumulative update extracted files>"

    Who needs to bother with slipstreaming a setup. Just do that and your brand new install will be patched up when done. So easy, so much time saved.

    Hope this added tip helps!

    Jon

  • Ajmer Dhariwal

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    Points: 17

    Thanks very much for the slipstreaming tip.

    The /x option is still present but I never mentioned it as it's been deprecated (according to that KB article).

    I did mention that not specifying a target directory will prompt the user to specify one, but it was only briefly and near the end of the article.

  • Ajmer Dhariwal

    Grasshopper

    Points: 17

    <second attempt at a reply>

    Hi Jon,

    I didn't make any reference to the /x option because it's been deprecated (according to the kb article) and I did mention that not specifying a path launches a prompt but that was only in brief towards the end of the post.

    Thanks very much for that slipstreaming tip - that looks very useful.

    -Ajmer

  • Ajmer Dhariwal

    Grasshopper

    Points: 17

    <third attempt at a response as they seem to keep disappearing straight after I post them>

    Hi Jon,

    I did mention that not specifying a path will trigger a dialog prompting the user to enter a path but it was very briefly towards the end of the article.

    I omitted the /x option (it was in the original draft) because when I read the kb article it mention that /x has been deprecated.

    Thanks very much for the slipstreaming trip - that will be very useful.

    Regards,

    Ajmer

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