Cumulative Update 5 For SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1.  You can go here to request the hotfix from Microsoft. It typically takes just a few minutes for them to send you the download link and password, then you have to download and unzip with the password. This CU is Build 2746, and there are about 35 fixes, including ones for SSMS, database mirroring, SSIS, etc.

They also released CU8 for SQL Server 2008 RTM, which is Build 1823.  If you are still on the RTM branch, you should start thinking about getting on the SP1 branch, since Microsoft is going to stop mainstream support for the RTM branch early next year (if memory serves).

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76 Responses to Cumulative Update 5 For SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

  1. Oscar says:

    Glenn, should we jump into patching systems as soon as a CU gets published, or should we just stick to SPs? Or should we apply CUs if we are experiencing an issue address by them? Please advise.

  2. Glenn says:

    Cumulative Updates are tested more than hotfixes, but less than full service packs. I think the official guidance is that you should only install a CU if you have an issue that was corrected by that CU. Personally, I like to stay pretty current on CUs.You should only deploy after you have done sufficient testing with the CU in your environment, with your applications.

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