FIX: The SQL Service shuts down after SP2 is installed on SQL Server 2016 and 2017 with c2 audit mode enabled

Applies to: SQL Server 2016 DeveloperSQL Server 2016 EnterpriseSQL Server 2016 Enterprise Core


Assume that you run Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 and have c2 audit mode enabled. After you install Service Pack 2 (SP2) on the server, the SQL Service shuts down, and you receive an error message that resembles the following:


A fix for this issue is included in the following cumulative updates for SQL Server:

Cumulative Update 11 for SQL Server 2017

Cumulative Update 3 for SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2.


To work around this issue, uninstall Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2016.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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