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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft distributes fixes in service packs. Service packs keep a product current. They include hotfixes and fixes to issues that are reported through the Microsoft SQL Server community. Service packs may also include issues that our support organization feels have to be addressed. The most common metrics that are applied for triage of those items are customer call volume and customer satisfaction scores. These updates and components are conveniently bundled for easy downloading.

Service packs are cumulative. Each new service pack contains all the fixes that are in previous service packs, together with any new fixes. You do not have to install a previous service pack before you install the latest service pack.

More information

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3

Release date: October 6, 2011

How to obtain

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=226850
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express SP3, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=226851

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack SP3, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229309
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder SP3, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229312
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services SharePoint Add-in SP3, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229314

Note If you only have a client profile for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed on the system that is hosting SQL Server 2008, please see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2500042 before you apply the service pack. To do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2500042 "SQL Server 2008 Setup requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to be installed" error message when you apply Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 SP3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2546951 List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3

New features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 SP3

For more information about new features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 SP3, refer to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP3 Release Notes. To read them, visit the following Microsoft Web site: :
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229295

Setup Help

For more information about the Setup Help file, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229519

Readme

For more information about the Readme file, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=229521

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2

Release date: September 29, 2010

How to obtain

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8fbfc1de-d25e-4790-88b5-7dda1f1d4e17&displaylang=en
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express SP2, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=40acf55f-0715-4bb0-9735-d02fc2c8a7af&displaylang=en
Note If you only have a client profile for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed on the system that is hosting SQL Server 2008, please see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2500042 before you apply the service pack. To do this, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2500042 "SQL Server 2008 Setup requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to be installed" error message when you apply Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 SP2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2285068 List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

Release date: April 7, 2009

How to obtain

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, visit the following Microsoft website: 
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=66ab3dbb-bf3e-4f46-9559-ccc6a4f9dc19
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express SP1, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=01af61e6-2f63-4291-bcad-fd500f6027ff

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 SP1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968369 List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

Important notes about using Microsoft Update

Consider the following when you use Microsoft Update to apply SQL Server Service Packs:
  • Service pack installations will be ‘unattended’ (quiet).
  • Microsoft Update will apply the SQL Server service pack to all instances of SQL Server that are installed on the target computer.

    Note The service pack is applied to all instances SQL Server that match the SQL Server version of the service pack.
  • For more information about Microsoft Update, visit the following Microsoft website:
    http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/about.aspx

New features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 SP1

For more information about new features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 SP1, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/6/3/163A851B-D956-42E9-B426-F5C0EBE6B654/ReleaseNotes.htm

Readme

For more information about the Readme file, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/6/3/163A851B-D956-42E9-B426-F5C0EBE6B654/Readme.htm
Note This Readme file contains the information about SQL Server 2008 Express.

Properties

Article ID: 968382 - Last Review: December 20, 2012 - Revision: 11.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
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