Tip of the Week No.17 – Modern Servicing Model for SQL Server 2017 and Later

Check our Tip of the Week, where in this week, we discuss about the modern servicing model for SQL Server 2017 and later.

Tip of the Week #17

Starting with SQL Server 2017, the servicing model for SQL Server has changed. One of the major changes, is that Microsoft releases a series of Cumulative Updates (CUs) and Security Updates (GDRs) for SQL Server 2017 and later, instead of releasing Service Packs + Security Updates which was the case for SQL Server 2016 and earlier.

Based on the above, there are some considerations to keep in mind as a DBA:

  • Cumulative updates, besides bug fixes and other patches, contain also security updates.
  • In contrast to the above, security updates (GDRs) contain only specific SQL Server security patches and hotfixes.
  • If you install SQL Server 2017 or later and then you directly apply a GDR, then you will be able to only install GDRs for the specific SQL Server instance onwards. So, you actually either chose the GDR or CU servicing train.

 

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