Announcing the Modern Servicing Model for SQL Server

Background to SQL Server servicing Historically, we have released Cumulative Updates (CUs) every 2 months after a major version is released, and roughly yearly Service Packs (SPs), containing fixes from all previous CUs, plus any feature completeness or supportability enhancements that may require localization. You can read more about the SQL Server Incremental Servicing Model… Read more

SQL Server 2005 end of life and upgrade options

Now that SQL Server 2005 is end of life (since Apr 12 2016), it is time to upgrade your SQL Server 2005 instances if you haven’t already to get support from Microsoft. There are several upgrade options available. Please see this page for more information. Also, if you are looking for the last service pack… 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

End of Mainstream support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2

We would like to remind all customers that Mainstream Support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 has ended on July 8, 2014. Microsoft is ending support for these products as part of our Support Lifecycle policy, found in http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.  Customers are encouraged to prepare and execute on their upgrade and/or sustained engineering plans… Read more