Microsoft provides hosts two repos,

What does GDR stand for in that context.

You can find it on Microsoft sites but they don't explain it

GDR update package for SQL Server 2016 SP1

You can see it here too.

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A General Distribution Release (GDR) is simply a kind of hotfix, or patch that contains specific fixes, and is intended for installation on all SQL instances. This is in contrast to a Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) hotfix, which is intended to be installed only if you experience a particular issue.

After a hotfix, it will also be included in the next Cumulative Update (CU) or Service Pack (SP). But you can install the hotfix without taking all the changes included in the next CU/SP.

Going forward GDR hotfixes are only going to contain security fixes.

For SQL Server 2017+ a GDR is part of the Modern Servicing Model (MSM), which is replacing the older Incremental Servicing Model (ISM), which will continue to apply to SQL Server 2016 and before. It's explained here.

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    Amazing how complicated it may be, just as terminology, not to mention usability...
    – kakaz
    Dec 25, 2017 at 20:30

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