Released: Public Preview for SQL Server 2017 Management Pack (CTP3)

We are happy to announce SQL Server 2017 Management Pack CTP3 bits with new features are ready (6.7.55.0). Please install and use this public preview and send us your feedback (sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com). On the download page, you will see references to SQL Server vNext instead of 2017. We will update all references to vNext with 2017… Read more

Announcing SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4

The SQL Server team is excited to bring you the last service pack release for SQL Server 2012. SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4 (SP4) in addition to a rollup of released hotfixes contains 20+ improvements centered around performance, scalability and diagnostics based on the feedback from customers and SQL community. These improvements enable SQL… Read more

Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2016 RTM

The 6th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2016 RTM is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#6 KB Article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4019914/cumulative-update-6-for-sql-server-2016 Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server Microsoft® SQL Server® 2016 RTM Latest Cumulative Update:… Read more

Cumulative Update #3 for SQL Server 2016 SP1

The 3rd cumulative update release for SQL Server 2016 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#3 KB Article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4019916/cumulative-update-3-for-sql-server-2016-sp1 Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server Microsoft® SQL Server® 2016 SP1 Latest Cumulative Update:… Read more

Cumulative Update #9 for SQL Server 2012 SP3

The 9th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2012 SP3 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#9 KB Article:https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4016762/cumulative-update-9-for-sql-server-2012-sp3 Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 SP3 Latest Cumulative Update:… Read more

Released: Microsoft Azure SQL Database Management Pack (6.7.28.0)

We are happy to announce the release of Azure SQL DB Management Pack! We have significantly enhanced the feature set in this release. Some of the highlights are support for Azure AD authentication, health monitoring for database geo replication, health monitoring for elastic pools, and performance improvements. We will be blogging about performance improvements in… Read more

Released: Public Preview for SQL Server vNext Replication Management Pack (6.7.40.0)

We are happy to announce that public preview for SQL Server vNext Replication Management Pack is ready. Please install and use this public preview and send us your feedback (sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com). You can download the public preview at: https://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=55098 This management pack was thoroughly built from the ground up in accordance with Best Practices for SQL Server… Read more

Cumulative Update #12 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

The 12th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP1 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#12 KB Article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4017793/cumulative-update-12-for-sql-server-2014-sp1 Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 SP1 Latest Cumulative Update: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51186… Read more

Cumulative Update #5 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

The 5th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit: CU#5 KB Article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4013098/cumulative-update-5-for-sql-server-2014-sp2 Understanding Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 SP2 Latest Cumulative Update: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53592… Read more

SNAC lifecycle explained

SNAC, or SQL Server Native Client, is a term that has been used interchangeably to refer to ODBC and OLE DB drivers for SQL Server. In essence, current versions are tied to SQL Server support lifecycle itself. Currently Microsoft provides support for a few different versions from a lifecycle standpoint: SNAC 11 is a single… Read more