Service Pack – SQL Server 2008 SP4

Despite the fact that end of mainstream support ended for SQL Server 2008 earlier this year, Microsoft have released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4. This arrives a few days after Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008 R2, but three years since the last one for this version of SQL. That’s a lot of updates!

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 is available for download at the SQL Server 2008 SP4 download page.
  • This service pack contains fixes from all 17 of the Cumulative Updates that were released since SP3 for SQL Server 2008, plus an on-demand update that was not part of a Cumulative Update. This is a huge number of fixes, nearly 3 years worth of patches, so make sure you test patching before you deploy them in a production environment.
  • You must be running SQL Server 2008 SP3 in order to apply this update. You can download previous Service Packs here.
  • Just like with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2, support for SQL Server 2008 SP3 ends 13th October 2015, so really you want to install SP4 to extend support.
  • For the latest service pack, support ends 12 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first.
  • The build number for SQL Server 2008 SP3 is 10.00.5500.00.
  • The build for SP4 is 10.0.6000.29.
  • Remember to download the correct version that you require as there are several version available depending on 32 bit/64 bit etc, and these service packs can be capacious, and you don’t want to waste bandwidth/time downloading the wrong one.

Service Pack 4 can be applied to any of the following Microsoft SQL Server 2008 editions:

    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this cumulative update package.

Author: Richie Lee

Full time computer guy, part time runner. Full time Dad, part time blogger. Knows a thing or two about Pokémon. Knows too much about SQL Agent. Writer of fractured sentences. Maker of the best damn macaroni cheese you've ever tasted.

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