This article describes that Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 (SP4) is the latest service pack for SQL Server 2008. Additionally, it provides the information for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3), Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 4 (the latest service pack)

Release date: September 30, 2014 

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3

Release date: October 6, 2011

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Setup help

Check out the Setup help file.

Note If you only have a client profile for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed on the system that is hosting SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base before you apply the service pack.:
2500042 "SQL Server 2008 Setup requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to be installed" error message when you apply Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2

Release date: September 29, 2010

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  • SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • SQL Server 2008 Express SP2
Note If you only have a client profile for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed on the system that is hosting SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base before you apply the service pack.:
2500042 "SQL Server 2008 Setup requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to be installed" error message when you apply Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

Release date: April 7, 2009

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Note If you only have a client profile for the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed on the system that is hosting SQL Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base before you apply the service pack.:
2500042 "SQL Server 2008 Setup requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to be installed" error message when you apply Service Pack 2 (SP2) for SQL Server 2008

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.

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About SQL Server service packs

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.

References

  • KB2958069 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2014 service pack
  • KB2755533 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2012 service pack
  • KB2527041 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2008 R2 service pack
  • Microsoft SQL Server support lifecycle
  • KB321185 How to determine the version and edition of SQL Server and its components
  • KB957826 The builds for all SQL Server versions
  • KB822499 Naming schema and Fix area descriptions for SQL Server software update packages
  • KB824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

About this article

Article ID: 968382
Last review: September 30, 2014
Applies to: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Workgroup, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Web, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
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