SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Released

Microsoft has finally (after releasing the CTP version way back in April) released the final, gold build of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. This service pack includes the fixes from SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Cumulative Updates 1 through 6, plus some new features that are not included in those Cumulative Updates. A TechNet Wiki with Release Notes for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 is available here.

If you have already installed SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM CU7 or CU8, you should hold off on installing SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 until SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU1 is released (probably in about six weeks), since that will probably be synchronized with SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM CU9, if history is any judge.   If you are still on build 10.50.1600 or an earlier CU than CU7, you can go ahead and install Service Pack 1. The little build chart below might make it more clear.


SQL Server 2008 R2 Builds                     SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Builds
— Build                   Description                           Build              Description
— 10.50.1092        August 2009 CTP2       
— 10.50.1352        November 2009 CTP3
— 10.50.1450        Release Candidate
— 10.50.1600        RTM
— 10.50.1702        RTM CU1
— 10.50.1720        RTM CU2
— 10.50.1734        RTM CU3
— 10.50.1746        RTM CU4
— 10.50.1753        RTM CU5
— 10.50.1765        RTM CU6                    —>    10.50.2500    SP1 RTM
— 10.50.1777        RTM CU7
— 10.50.1797        RTM CU8


Also, don’t forget that none of this has anything to do with SQL Server 2008 (which is a separate older, major release according to Microsoft).

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14 Responses to SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Released

  1. Naomi says:

    My SQL Server 2008 R2 version is
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (RTM) – 10.50.1790.0 (X64) Apr 22 2011 11:55:34 Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation Developer Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)

    So, I should hold off, right?

    • Obviously yes! I didn’t know that there will be the so called “SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU1”, but I believe what’s been written in this blog 100%, so again, yes, hold off. πŸ™‚

    • Glenn Berry says:

      Yes, I would wait until SP1 CU1 is released. Then, you will have to install SP1, and then install SP1 CU1. It is always a little painful to jump from the RTM branch to the SP1 branch of the code.

  2. Adrian says:

    Nice, I will try it.

  3. ALZDBA says:

    I wasn’t aware the post on SSC “comments” pointed to this page, so, since I replied my install experiences at SSC, I’ll also post its link over here.

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  5. Ronald says:

    I’m also on build 1790, which would be CU7. What would/could happen if I’d apply SP1?

  6. Naomi says:

    I don’t see any mention of SP1 when I’m installing it. This is very confusing….

  7. Naomi says:

    Update. I think on the Downloads page you have to be careful what to download. I was able to install SP1, but only after I downloaded the correct file.

  8. DFahey says:

    R2 CU9 has a fix for one of my clients environments that is required. Im not sure why R2 SP1 does not contain the R2 CU 9 fixs…. As I’m surprised the branches were not merged, however we are looking for documented confirmation that R2 SP1 CU1 has R2 CU9 fixes baked in. Any confirmation assistance will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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