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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft distributes fixes in service packs. Service packs keep a product current. They include hotfixes and fixes to issues that are reported through the Microsoft SQL Server community. Service packs may also include issues that our support organization feels have to be addressed. The most common metrics that are applied for triage of those items are customer call volume and customer satisfaction scores. These updates and components are conveniently bundled for easy downloading.

Service packs are cumulative. Each new service pack contains all the fixes that are in previous service packs, together with any new fixes. You do not have to install a previous service pack before you install the latest service pack.

More information

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3

Release date: September 26, 2014

How to obtain

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3, go to the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=512818&clcid=0x409

Note Microsoft will not be releasing SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 to Microsoft Update

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2979597 SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 3 release information

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2

Release date: July 26, 2012

How to obtain

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251790
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Feature Pack, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251792
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP2, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251791

Note Microsoft will not be releasing SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 to Microsoft Update

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2630458 List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Release date: July 12, 2011

How to obtain

To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214356
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Feature Pack, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214358
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP1, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214357

Fix list

For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:  
2528583 List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

New features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1

For more information about new features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, refer to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Notes. To read them, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9764593

Readme

For more information about the Readme file, visit the following Microsoft website:
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9764594

Important notes about using Microsoft Update

Consider the following when you use Microsoft Update to apply SQL Server Service Packs:
  • Service pack installations will be ‘unattended’ (quiet).
  • Microsoft Update will apply the SQL Server service pack to all instances of SQL Server that are installed on the target computer.

    Note The service pack is applied to all instances SQL Server that match the SQL Server version of the service pack.
  • For more information about Microsoft Update, visit the following Microsoft website:

    http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/about.aspx

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Article ID: 2527041 - Last Review: September 30, 2014 - Revision: 9.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express with Advanced Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition for Small Business
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Web
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup
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