CU2 for SQL Server 2008 is missing!

UPDATE 2008-12-03

The download packages for the database engine have returned to the download page.  Make sure you download the file labeled "SQL_Server_2008_Cumulative_Update_2" to apply to machines where the SQL Server engine is present, and the file "SQL_Server_2008_RTM_CU2_SNAC" to apply to any machines that don't have a SQL Server instance but do connect to any SQL Server 2008 instance.  I have asked for better descriptions on the download page to differentiate between the files, because I am sure a lot of people using SQL Server 2008 don't know the difference.  Also, be sure to download the file for the correct platform!  x64 if you are running 64-bit SQL Server on 64-bit Windows; x86 if you are running 32-bit SQL Server (regardless of whether the underlying OS is x86 or x64); and IA64 if you are on Itanium.

I have not yet downloaded the file and verified that the bits weren't swapped out quietly, though I have been assured internally that this is not what has happened…

I am sure this is kind of "Chicken Little" and might only be valid for a short time, but I thought I should mention it anyway, since I am already seeing people download the native client patch and scratch their heads, wondering why it won't patch the engine.  Sometime after Denis reported the availability of Cumulative Update Package 2 for SQL Server 2008 (Nov. 19th), and even after that because I downloaded it well after PASS, it has disappeared from the download page.  At this moment, all that is available is the SNAC client for x86, x64 and IA64:

Current CU2 download options

The files above will only patch the native client / drivers on the machine, so while it is worth the download (especially for client machines that do not host a SQL Server 2008 instance), it will not patch any engine components.

My fear, of course, is that we are re-entering familiar territory; after SP2 for SQL Server 2005 was released, one of the packages was rebuilt and redeployed, with the same build number, causing a lot of confusion.  I complained about that in March of 2007 and I wasn't the only one.

Now I am on the lookout for it, and hope it is returned without incident:

 Got CU2?

Hopefully, it was not pulled intentionally, but rather inadvertently excluded from the download page temporarily.  When I have more information about this, I'll post here; if you see the downloads restored in the meantime, please let me know!

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Aaron Bertrand

I am a passionate technologist with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. I am a long-time Microsoft MVP, speak frequently at conferences, and write at SQLPerformance and MSSQLTips. In real life I am a father of two, an architect at Wayfair, and my pronouns are he/him.

2 Responses

  1. Christoph Muthmann says:

    Hi Aaron,
    I can see both files available for download now! So there are 6 files (x86, x64, ia64) at the end.
    Kind regards,

  2. tosc says:

    But you are the only one.
    I remeber, there was a lot of posts by you at SQL Server Connect Center – and you done/do a good job.
    Torsten Schüßler