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 fix issues that our support organization deems important. Customer call volume and customer satisfaction scores represent the primary metrics for determining which issues to fix in a service pack. 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.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Release date: November 07, 2012
How to obtain
To obtain SQL Server 2012 SP1, go to the following Microsoft website:
To obtain SQL Server 2012 SP1 Feature Pack, go to the following Microsoft website:
To obtain Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express, go to the following Microsoft website:Note
SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 was also made available on Microsoft Update on November 27th 2012.Mandatory SQL Server 2012 SP1 hotfix
After you install SQL Server 2012 SP1, you may experience an issue in which Windows Installer starts repeatedly. This issue is described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. This article includes a link to a downloadable hotfix that resolves the issue: Note
It is mandatory that you install this hotfix after you install SQL Server 2012 SP1.
Windows Installer starts repeatedly after you install SQL Server 2012 SP1
For more information about this issue, visit the following MSDN website:After applying Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2012 you may encounter a known issue! Details inside…..
For a list of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2012 SP1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
List of the bugs that are fixed in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1
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.
- For more information about Microsoft Update, visit the following Microsoft website:
New features and improvements in SQL Server 2012 SP1
For more information about new features and improvements in SQL Server 2012 SP1, see the SQL Server 2012 SP1 release notes. To do this, go to the following Microsoft website:Note
This Readme file contains the information about SQL Server 2008 R2 Express.