SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Available for Download
Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 this week and announced that it's available for download.
The new service pack fixes some minor issues, and not much has apparently changed since Microsoft first offered a test preview of SP2 back in May. Microsoft lists one new addition in the service pack, which is an improvement to the "dynamic management view" function. Dynamic management views are used to "return server state information," according to an MSDN library article description.
SP2 is available now to keep various editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 up to date. The editions supported by SP2 range from the lofty Parallel Computing edition to the no-cost Express edition. Microsoft's release notes, available here, point users to the right file to download. Alternatively, SP2 can be accessed via the Microsoft download center.
The no-cost SP2 contains cumulative updates 1 though 5 from the first service pack plus additional hotfixes. As previously reported with the beta, the main issues addressed by SP2 include fixing some format problems with SQL Server reporting services, as well as a batch file caching problem.
A list of the flaws addressed by SP2 can be found in this Knowledge Base article.
Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.