TLS 1.2 Support for SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of (Transport Layer Security) TLS 1.2 support in all major client drivers and SQL Server releases. The updates made available on January 29th, 2016 provide TLS 1.2 support for SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014. The client drivers that have… Read more

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1) released !!!

With cloud first strategy, the SQL Product Team has observed great success and adoption of SQL Server 2016 compared to any previous releases. Today, we are even more excited and pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1). With SQL Server 2016 SP1, we are making key improvements allowing a… Read more

Released: System Center Management Pack for SQL Server and Dashboards (6.7.7.0)

We are happy to announce that updates to SQL Server and Dashboard Management Packs have been released! Downloads available: Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016 Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server (2008-2012) Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Dashboards… 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

Announcing updates to the SQL Server Incremental Servicing Model (ISM)

Updates to Cumulative Update Messaging and Guidance: Over the years, as we released CUs (Cumulative Updates), you have become familiar with a certain type of deterrent messaging around those updates. Examples like the below messages often lead DBA’s to plan for a deployment of a certain CU, only if and when they hit an issue…. Read more

Announcing SQL Server Management Studio – June 2015 Release

With the release of SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.1, customers can for the first time experience the rapid preview model for their on-premises SQL Server 2016 development and test environments and can gain a faster time to production.      In addition, we are delighted to announce our first “preview” release of SQL… Read more

SQL Server 2014 Management Studio – updated support for the latest Azure SQL Database Update V12 (preview)

We are excited to announce enhanced SQL Server 2014 Management Studio (SSMS) support for Azure SQL database including the latest SQL Database Update V12 (preview). Bringing this functionality into SSMS provides an easy way to discover and better leverage cloud capabilities in a familiar environment. Available for download now, this functionality is being delivered via… Read more

Released: System Center Management Pack for SQL Server and Replication (6.6.3.0)

We are happy to announce that a new version of SQL Server and Replication Management Packs has been released! Only the English version is available at this time. Localized management packs for this version will be made available at a later time. Downloads available: Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server enables the discovery… Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 has released.

Dear Customers, UPDATE (June 21 2016): This service pack is now available in the Microsoft Update Catalog. Microsoft SQL Server Product team is pleased to announce the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 (SP3). As part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our customers, this upgrade is free and doesn’t… Read more

Announcing SQL Server Management Studio -16.3 (August 2016) Release

Today, we are very pleased to announce the latest generally-available (GA) quality release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) following the SQL Server 2016 release. This update of SSMS features a switch from monthly-branded SSMS releases (e.g. August 2016 release) to numerically-branded SSMS releases (e.g. 16.3 release). This update also features a new Active Directory… Read more