Say goodbye to Service Packs!!

Did you hear the news?

Microsoft is changing its Service Model for SQL Server and the major difference is that Service Packs will be no longer released starting on SQL Server 2017. However, this doesn’t mean that you no longer will have new features and product enhancements, rather than they will release new features and so on in Cumulative Updates.

Why are they doing this for SQL Server 2017? Well, in my personal opinion I believe that with major product versions being released almost every year or two years, they want to be faster in terms of releasing new fixes, launching new features and so on.

So, if you are that person that waits for Microsoft to release the Service Pack 1 to then plan the upgrade, I’d advise you to rethink your plans. I must also say that you should stop doing this, SQL Server is nowadays a very stable product and I personally don’t wait for Service Packs to upgrade. Better than that, before you plan a migration, you should conduct many tests with different workloads to stress the environment.

My message to you is, go to this below link and take some time to read and process how this change might gonna impact you or maybe not. Ready carefully, mainly if you have all your patching processes based in the SQL Server Service Model.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/announcing-the-modern-servicing-model-for-sql-server/

See you!!

Marcos Freccia
Data Platform MVP

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About Marcos Freccia

MVP em SQL Server (Data Plataform) , especialista em SQL Server, e atualmente trabalhando com Microsoft Azure!

Posted on October 2, 2017, in Boas Praticas, SQL Server, SQL Server 2017, VirtualPass and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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