SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available!
April 7th, 20096
SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available!
April 7th, 20096

No, this is not a late April Fool's joke; SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is finally gold.  The final release of SP1 is build 10.00.2531.00, and is available from the Microsoft Download Center:


Cumulative Updates 1, 2 and 3 are included in this service pack, as well as important fixes found during the CTP process.  As with the CTP, the most exciting feature here (IMHO, anyway) is the new slipstream functionality.

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.

6 Responses

  1. Christian T says:

    woahhh….finally, Microsoft is releasing the service pack for SQL Server 2008. I have been waiting for quite sometime and I love to know the fixes and patches it provides. Currently, I host my SQL 2008 database with asphostcentral.com and it looks good. The performance is good and features are a lot better than SQL 2005.
    What would be the next SQL Server version? Something like SQL Server "Azure"? I truly love to know as I love to try new technologies.

  2. Manoj says:

    I was wondering if you/somebody happen to know where does MS store uninstall files for SQL Server 2008 sp1. I looked into "C:\WINDOWS" folder of our test environment server (Win 2003) but couldn't find it.
    Thanks again for your time & help.

  3. cinahcaM madA says:

    So…. What's the over/under on a retraction, GDR, or other SNAFU?

  4. Bilgehan Gurunlu says:

    Thank you for this good news

  5. AaronBertrand says:

    If you installed CU4 for a specific fix (and not just to have the latest CU), I wouldn't.  Installing SP1 will likely undo that fix you needed.

  6. Manoj says:

    Thank you Aaron for this important news. I am going to read release notes, readme etc about it But was just wondering if I should try this sp1 installation on top of CU4 in our test environment.
    Thanks again.