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  • MS12-070 : Security Updates for all supported versions of SQL Server

    This week there was a security release for all supported versions of SQL Server. Each version has 32-bit and 64-bit patches, and each version has GDR (General Distribution Release) and QFE (Quick-Fix Engineering) patches. GDR should be applied if you are at the base (RTM or SP) build for your version, while QFE should be applied if you have ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on October 10, 2012
  • More information on the Patch Tuesday updates for SQL Server

    Last week, Microsoft released a series of patches for all supported versions of SQL Server (from SQL Server 2005 SP3 all the way to SQL Server 2008 R2). The reason for the patch against SQL Server installations is largely a client-side issue with the XML viewer application, and for SQL Server specifically, the exploit is limited to potential ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on June 19, 2011
  • Security updates for all supported versions of SQL Server

    It's patch Tuesday! [UPDATE June 19 : Please see my follow-up post about this security update.]  Today Microsoft released a security bulletin covering several issues that could potentially affect SQL Server; these exploits include remote code execution, denial of service, information disclosure and elevation of privilege. You should test ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on June 14, 2011
  • You want to grant someone permissions to do WHAT?!?!

    Have you ever heard of these types of requests?  True story! I have had each of these and many more: A customer needed to grant a business user the rights to issue a KILL command – without giving them sysadmin or CONTROL SERVER.  A customer wanted to grant a user the rights to update a job – just one job – without any other ...
    Posted to Lara Rubbelke (Weblog) by Lara Rubbelke on January 23, 2011
  • A quick note about the end of SQL Server 2005 mainstream support

    In a previous blog post about Service Pack 4, I said the following: ''...from this point forward all you're likely to see are cumulative updates to the SP3 and SP4 branches and, roughly a year from today, mainstream support will only need to maintain the SP4 branch.  You can read more about this in the following blog post from the CSS ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on January 11, 2011
  • Now we're getting somewhere : the MSXML6 issue

    Last February / March, I wrote several posts about an issue with MSXML6 on Windows XP which prevented the installation of SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, and even service packs or cumulative updates in some cases:2009-02-20 : The XP SP3 / MSXML6 SP2 / SQL Server debacle 2009-03-16 : More info / good news : installing SQL Server on XP SP3 with ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on November 5, 2010
  • SQL Server 2005 SP4 CTP is available for download

    Yesterday, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4. You can read about the release on the following blog post from SQL Release Services:http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/...preview-available.aspxIf you don't want to read the blog post, you can go right to the download pages:SQL Server 2005 ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on November 4, 2010
  • SQL Server updates - from Microsoft and from 3rd parties

    Ola's Index Maintenance scripts On August 3rd, Ola Hallengren (blog) released a substantial update to his Backup, Integrity Check and Index Optimization scripts - allowing you to more finely tune the object selection process.  Over this past weekend he also updated the error handling to get around some blocking issues.  For information ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on August 17, 2010
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 Beta

    Do you know where SQL Server is installed - everywhere it is installed?  Do you really know where SQL Server is installed?  Are you looking for a tool that will help you discover any rogue instances so you can better manage these instances?  The Beta 2 for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now open. Join ...
    Posted to Lara Rubbelke (Weblog) by Lara Rubbelke on May 24, 2010
  • Keeping up with SQL Server cumulative updates

    Yesterday, a conversation on twitter reminded me that I haven't been keeping up with posting cumulative updates.  I missed these updates for SQL Server 2008 on March 15:Cumulative Update #7 for SQL Server 2008 SP1 (10.00.2766)Cumulative Update #10 for SQL Server 2008 RTM (10.00.1835) And yesterday Glenn Berry (blog | twitter) was the first I ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on April 20, 2010
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