SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released, Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 10 Apr 2009
SQL Server 2008 Server Pack 1 (SP1) has been released by Microsoft earlier this week, making updates to the relational database management system available to those who use it; on the downside, the service pack brings no new features to the table – just updates.

“SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. You can use these packages to upgrade any SQL Server 2008 edition. We remain committed to our plans to keep service packs contained, focusing on essential updates only, primarily a Roll-up of Cumulative Update 1 to 3, Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates, as well as fixes to issues reported through the SQL Server community. While keeping product changes contained, we have made significant investments to ease deployment and management of Service Packs,” explains Microsoft.


The investments Microsoft was talking about in the above quote are as follows:
- Slipstream: single step installation as you can integrate the base installation with service packs and/or hotfixes.
- Service pack uninstall: you need not remove the whole instance, you can simply uninstall the SP alone.
- Report Builder 2.0 ClickOnce capability.

System Requirements for SQL Server 2008 SP1:
- You must have any of the following operating systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Vista.
- For 32-bit systems, you must have a 1Ghz or faster processor (recommended). Works with 600MHz processors also (Intel or Pentium III).
- 1GB of RAM (recommended); works with 512MB as well.
- 675MB of HDD space.

“With this Service pack, Microsoft is introducing 80% fewer changes to customer configurations compared to previous SQL Server Service Pack releases. This remarkable decrease is a testament to a revised product development process and updated servicing strategy that is focused on ease of deployment while keeping customer environments stable,” explains the SQL Server Team.

If you would like to get SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, a download location is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, SQL Server 2008, Service Pack
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