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Update your production servers and stop making excuses about it

Folks, we all like to make sure we’re doing our level best to make things work smoothly. So why am I staring at someone’s server that has never been updated since it was first set up almost three years ago? Do better, so that I don’t have to yell at you. Seriously. When we ignore[…]

Changes to Service Packs and Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2017

For a few years now, Microsoft has augmented its irregular release of Service Packs with a more frequent Cumulative Update model, in order to get bug fixes and other improvements to customers faster. With SQL Server 2017, which runs on both Linux and Windows (as well as Docker containers for Linux, Windows and macOS), the[…]

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Cumulative Updates Are First Class

Since 27 January 2016, Microsoft recommends that Cumulative Updates be installed with the same confidence as Service Packs, and installed as they become available. The official announcement was posted on 24 March 2016 (their emphasis): As of January CU releases, these caution messages have been updated, we now recommend ongoing, proactive installation of CUs as[…]