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