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Just What *is* the Current SQL Server Patch Level, Anyway?

Just What *is* the Current SQL Server Patch Level, Anyway?

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Courtesy of Ben Lam’s question and Arvind Shyamsundar’s answer comes the following list of resources for keeping up with SQL Server product update releases:

  • You can sign up for security bulletin-related email alerts from Microsoft here (Windows Live ID and Windows Live Alerts account required).  Be aware, though, that there are no product-related filters on this service.  If you sign up, you’ll receive notification of every security bulletin.
  • The SQL Server Release Services team blogs here.  While this is a quasi-official channel at best, of late the team has been very diligent about posting release notifications.
  • A third party site (free; registration required) crawls the Microsoft Knowledge Base daily and sends email notifications of new articles.  This service offers an extensive list of product-level filters. 

Thanks to Arvind for sharing this information within the Microsoft community, and for consenting to my disseminating it further.


  • Although this link only pertains to SQL Server 2005, I've found it incredibly useful single point of reference over time (though I preferred the older page format to its new presentation) both for version matching, and validating if a previously released hotfix is encompassed in a cumulative update. This in turn is useful when maintaining scripted installations for which one includes the latest cumulative update.




  • The website SQLSecurity.com keeps a SQL Server version database which is quite useful for this purpose.




  • With a blog title like:

    "Just What *is* the Current SQL Server Patch Level, Anyway?" What we'd like to see is:

    4053 <download.here.com>

    Nuff said.

    I'd pay for that.

    The web is getting a tad loquacious

    Jim Suber


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