SQL Server 2008 SP2 (CTP) is available for testing

While I don't recommend you rush out and deploy this to your production instances today, it might not be a bad idea to get a head start on testing the fixes in SQL Server 2008 SP2 in your development and/or test environments. I have tested it on a few standalone machines, and so far have not come across any issues.  I have not yet attempted to install it on any clusters.

You can download the CTP here:


If you want the Express Editions, go here:


You can read about what's fixed in KB #979450:


This will put you at build 10.0.3798.0.  While the list of fixes for the SP2 CTP itself is small, you should also consider what build you're at now.  Most of the fixes from cumulative updates released after SP1 will also be included (and I think this is part of the reason the CU releases got out of sync last month; potentially they are trying to avoid the "SP removes fixes from the most recent CU" problem that we've seen in the past).  Here is the list:

SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #8 (10.0.2775): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=981702
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #7 (10.0.2766): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=979065
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #6 (10.0.2757): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=977443
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #5 (10.0.2746): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=975977
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #4 (10.0.2734): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=973602
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #3 (10.0.2723): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=971491
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #2 (10.0.2714): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=970315
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Cumulative Update #1 (10.0.2710): http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=969099

And if you're not even on SP1 yet, I'd love to know what you're waiting for…

You should also note that SP2 brings support for Data-Tier Applications, the SQL Server Utility, and a SharePoint add-in.

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 father of two, a huge hockey and football fan, and my pronouns are he/him. If I've helped you out, consider thanking me with a coffee. :-)

3 Responses

  1. Dugi says:

    Thanks for the info!

  2. Glenn Berry says:

    Good post. People really do need to be getting off of the RTM branch, since it is "an unsupported service pack" as of April 13, 2010. There won't be any more Cumuative Updates for the RTM branch.

  3. Rob Volk says:

    The link for http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=979450 has an extra space at the end.