Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release.
A fix is available that improves the manageability of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 2008 R2 to support spatial types for SQL Azure.
Since SQL Azure Service Update 3, SQL Azure databases support geometry and geography data types and methods. Additionally, SQL Azure databases now support spatial indexing. This fix improves the support for spatial types for SQL Azure databases in SSMS 2008 R2. For example, you can now access spatial data types and functions in Object Explorer. Additionally, you can create spatial indexes in SSMS.
SQL Server 2008 R2
The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 3. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 R2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2261464 Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008 R2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
981356 The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 was released
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about SQL Azure Service Update 3, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) website: