This article discusses the Slipstream ISO images of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 (SP2) that were previously available on the MSDN and TechNet subscription websites from July 1, 2014 through July 9, 2014 and refreshed on July 18, 2014.
The Slipstream ISO images (for example, SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition with Service Pack 2 (x64) – DVD (English)) enable you to install a new instance of SQL Server 2012 with SP2 already applied. By using these images, you do not have to install the SQL Server 2012 SP2 update separately after you install SQL Server 2012 RTM.
However, the original Slipstream ISO images that were posted on MSDN and TechNet before the image refresh do not install the service pack successfully. Instead, the installation remains at the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of SQL Server 2012.
If you have already installed, or you plan to install, the previously posted "SQL Server 2012 <Edition> with Service Pack 2 (x86) – DVD" package or the "SQL Server 2012 <Edition> with Service Pack 2 (x64) – DVD" package, use one of the following methods to work around this problem.
If you have installed an instance of the software by using the previously posted ISO image, you can update the installed RTM instance to SQL Server 2012 SP2. This will have the same effect as installing the Slipstream ISO image. To obtain the SQL Server 2012 SP2 update, go to the following Microsoft Download Center website:
If you have not yet installed SQL Server 2012 SP2, install a new SQL Server 2012 RTM instance by using the SQL Server 2012 RTM media. Then, apply the SQL Server 2012 SP2 update.
Uninstall "SQL Server 2012 <Edition> with Service Pack 2 (x86) – DVD" or "SQL Server 2012 <Edition> with Service Pack 2 (x64) – DVD." Then, install the refreshed SQL Server 2012 SP2 ISO images that are currently available for download on the MSDN and TechNet subscription websites.