January 8, 2013

SQL Server 2012 SP1 is out!

To all Business Impact Clients:

Microsoft released on the 19th November, the first Service Pack (SP1) for SQL Server 2012. One can find the list of fixes in their support article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2674319 and read more about the individual bugs and issues.

In general, we are finding that SQL2012 is a highly stable, very fast improved edition of SQL Server and would recommend that anyone on anything older than SQL2008R2 consider an upgrade. Updates on the Business Intelligence Edition including Power Pivot are nice, but the overall speed, the improvements in clustering (AlwaysOn), the better version of BIDS (now called SQL Data Tools) and the columnar indexing have been highlights of a worthy product.

Windows Update should offer the SQL Server 2012 SP1 as a “suggested” update but is of course also available directly from Microsoft’s website: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2755533