SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 : CTP is available!
February 24th, 20092
SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 : CTP is available!
February 24th, 20092

Yes, you read that right; for those of you waiting to try SQL Server 2008 until SP1 is available, we are one step closer.  You can download the CTP from the following URL:


The CTP will bring your instance to build # 10.00.2520.

Thumbs up on finally adding slipstream capability and the ability to uninstall the service pack without uninstalling the instance.

Thumbs down on creating a CHM help file that is mostly legalese and requires a self-extracting exe wrapper to extract one file.

There is also an Express version available:


You can read more about the release at the Release Services blog:


By: 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, write at Simple Talk, SQLPerformance, and MSSQLTips, and have had the honor of speaking at more conferences than I can remember. In non-tech life, I am a husband, a father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him.

2 Responses

  1. AaronBertrand says:

    No idea Chris, in all of my environments we are set up with default collation.  I had one SQL 2000 instance a few years ago that was a non-standard collation (CP439 if I remember right) and it was a royal pain to deal with.

  2. Chris Wood says:

    Sounds good being able to slipstream and great to be able to uninstall but I would like to know about changing collation after the install. We can have some unusual collations here so we tend to check the collation when the Gold(RTM) version is installed so that if we have to change collation we just rebuild at that time. I am unsure if SQL2005 onwards can change the collation of an SQL instance that is beyond RTM without having to reapply the SP's, hotfixes etc afterwards. Do you know if you create an SP1 instance wheter you can change the collation without having to re-apply SP1 at the end?