Today Microsoft Released Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008

Some of the changes include:

  • SQL Server 2008 SP1 has made it easier and more efficient to deploy and manage service packs. By adding the ability to Slipstream, SQL Server 2008 and SP1 can be installed simultaneously. This decreases the total time for an installation, including a fewer number of reboots.
  • Service Pack Uninstall allows administrators to uninstall the service pack separately from the database release.
  • Report Builder 2.0 Click-Once deployment. Up till now, Report Builder 2.0 was only available as a separate install on the client machines. Now .NET’s Click-Once technology is used so that users can run Report Builder without having to install it first through a setup file locally.
  • In addition to the a roll-up of previous cumulative updates, SP1 includes quick fix engineering updates and minor fixes in response to requests reported through the SQL Server community. There are no new feature updates in this service pack.

SQL Server 2008 SP1 has in total 300 fixes included, with the majority being minor tweaks. If you compare this to the SQL Server 2005 SP1, which contained 2’500 fixes, you really see that SQL Server 2008 is a very stable release.

You can download the Service Pack from here. The build number is 10.00.2531

The Knowledge Base Article can be viewed here.