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As a SQL Server DBA, what do I need to know about the meltdown/spectre vulnerabilities?

If you didn't hear, a set of related vulnerabilities were recently discovered that impact virtually all processors sold over the last decade. You can find more technical detail about the meltdown/...
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How can I install the SQL Server PowerShell module on an offline machine?

I have some SQL Server machines that cannot connect to any external sites. I have been using PowerShell more and more when managing databases, so I definitely need this module to be installed so ...
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What are the “GDR” vs “QFE” hotfixes for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3?

I'd always assumed that higher patch numbers were necessarily later releases, but now I'm not so sure. Looking at the SQL Server Build List for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3, there are two possible ways to ...
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Apply the latest Service Pack and Cumulative Update

I have given an RTM version of SQL Server 2014 and I need to apply the latest SP (currently SP2) and CU (currently CU8). Do I need to apply SP1 first? Or can I straight move to SQL Server 2014 SP2 CU8 ...
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How far to go when Validating a SQL Service Pack install?

When applying a Service Pack to a production SQL server, I usually have a planned downtime window of around 30 minutes. Having been bitten before, and discovering that a required precondition like ...
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SQL Server CUs vs SPs + CUs? [duplicate]

I recently applied the latest SQL Server CUs (Cumulative updates) for their current SPs (Service Packs) on our SQL Servers. I'm getting the sense that I actually really need to update all of them to ...
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Will one SQL instance work whilst the other 2 are patched?

My change request to patch 3 SQL instances on the same server was denied because of one instance - they say a server reboot is fine, but not a few hours downtime. Seeing as each instance is ...
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Does Service pack have all the changes in a cumulative update

I have always thought that all the changes in the CU's are rolled up into the next services pack. I recently was looking at changes in SQL 2016 SP2, and SQL 2016 CU15 for SP1. I was surprised to see ...
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Does SQL Server 2017 CU10 include CVE-2018-8273 hotfix?

Microsoft released SQL Server 2017 CU10 KB4342123 (14.0.3037.1) yesterday. I tried looking through the Hotfixes included list, but didn't see any reference to the recently released security update for ...
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What is the different between GDR security update and CU security update

What is the different between GDR security update and CU security update? I am looking to understand difference between the below two updates. If I apply KB3194724, would it also include KB 3194721? ...
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Missing DatabaseMail.exe.config after applying SQL Server 2016 SP2 CU1

After applying SQL Server 2016 SP2 CU1 (SP2 was already applied) to SQL Server 2016 on several different Windows Server 2016 installations, we noticed that Database Mail stopped working. Mails were ...
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patching SQL Server with Availability Group and Secondary Replica

Scenario: SQL Server 2014 CU6. 1 AG with 2 databases (compatibility level 100). Failover Cluster with 3 nodes on Windows Server 2012 R2. Primary Availability Replica on node 1 and node 2. Secondary ...
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when applying a sql server cumulative update or service pack on a virtual machine - what could be a safe way of stopping VMWaretools?

While applying cumulative updates to sql server 2016 SP1, there are a bunch of services and applications that need to be stopped for the update to go on. Among those is the very core of the virtual ...
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How do I prevent my Windows Server from being automatically rebooted by SQL Server updates?

Some SQL Server updates have happened outside the maintenance window, which have caused the server to be rebooted. How can I stop this from happening again in future? Below is what I can see when ...
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Patching strategy when Windows and SQL Server patches not applied for over 3 years

The company I'm at hasn't patched their production servers for a while, neither SQL 2012 or Windows 2012. When I say "for a while" I mean, well, actually "never" - no patches or updates since the ...
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Why should I apply a CU for SP2 that was released after the release of SP3?

Checking SQL Server 2014 build versions to identify the right update for my server I got a little confused as what update to use. Did some research and found out I should Apply the latest Service Pack ...
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Automate the patching of SQL Severs on Windows

We are getting approximately 50-100 lower environments SQL Servers newly build. We are assigned some basic task of SQL DBA which includes one as patching SQL Servers. How can this be achieved, ...
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How am I supposed to update PostgreSQL on Windows, once installed, without manually installing new installers?

I have PostgreSQL 11.5 installed on Windows 10. It was installed with the EnterpriseDB installer, which is the only one which exists these days. If I go to https://www.postgresql.org/download/windows/...
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Oracle Database Server TNS Listener Remote Registration Vulnerability (CVE-2012-1675)

Some of our Internal DBs Oracle installed in Linux and Windows servers have been highlighted with the issue Oracle TNS Listener Remote Poisoning (CVE-2012-1675). This security alert addresses the ...
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SQL Server Always-On Availability Groups Patching

My SQL server farm has been neglected with patching OS level & SQL server level (because they are critical systems, outages are hard to come by). An option is to patch the secondary nodes of our ...
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Apply SQLServer Service Pack to a Single Node Cluster

I have to apply a SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack to a Single Node Cluster. The other node died and new hardware has been ordered. Is there anything weird to worry about? Normally we'd apply the ...
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Uninstall SQL Patch with SkipRules

I've recently installed Cumulative Update 6 for SQL Server 2014 SP2. I installed it on the passive node of a 2 node cluster. To install the patches I paused the role in cluster manager and ran the ...
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Can't resume synchronization after patch failed on secondary node of Availability Group

I applied Service Pack 4 on secondary node of an Availability Group. It failed so I restored the whole VM for the secondary node to an earlier version, and now the data is not synchronizing. I have ...
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Recent patches for vulnerability attacks for SQL Server 2014 SP2 version

Keeping in mind the recent vulnerability attacks patches like Spectre and Meltdown , I would like to patch my SQL Server 2014 SP2 (12.0.5000) 1.Description of the security update for SQL Server 2014 ...
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SQL Server 2014 (12.0.4439.1) to SP2 (12.5000) service start failure

In what seems to be eerily familiar to the oh-so-famous SSISDB SP1 fiasco, I've hit a snag while upgrading our DEV server to SQL 2014 SP2. The base version was SP1+CU5 (12.0.4439.1). We have SSISDB ...
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How does patching work in SQL Server?

I need a clarification on how below SQL Server service pack patching works. Few of my servers are at below patch for SQL Server 2014 which has latest meltdown patch 12.00.5214 2014.120.5214.6 ...
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Error after applying SQL Server 2008 R2 Upgrade 10.50.6542 (Latest Build)

First the problem: Since I applied the latest patch to SQL Server 2008 R2 (released on March 3, 2016) that should have taken my server to build 10.50.6542 I can't connect anymore. This patch is to ...
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Installing service packs with SQL Server services stopped

I always installed Service Packs on the servers with running SQL Server Services. This time I am faced with the situation where I have to patch multi-instance SQL Server that has its services stopped ...
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Issue patching SQL Server 2016 to SP2 CU 15

Trying to update all our SQL 2016 servers to SP2 CU 15, but am running into: The version of SQL Server instance MSSQLSERVER does not match the version expected by the SQL Server update. The installed ...
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Error when upgrading SQL 2016 to SP2 - “The given key was not present in the dictionary.”

I am trying to patch one node in a SQL Server 2016 Standard FCI. I removed the node from the cluster, and ran the installer, but it failed. The summary file contained the following exit code / ...
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SQL Server Patching question [duplicate]

If I have an instance at SQL Server 2016 SP1-CU7-GDR (KB4057119) and want to jump over to the latest SP2 path, which patch or patches do I have to run? SP2 = KB4052908 SP2-CU2 = KB4340355 SP2-CU2-GDR ...
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Vulnerability in Server from SQL Server 2008 R2

We scanned our systems and got a high vulnerability reported in a server. One of the thing that got flagged was MS12-060, which is related to MS Office 2003 Web Components that gets installed along ...
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Windows patching on 3 node Always On Availability Group [closed]

We have a three node Always On Availability Group cluster. We normally patch the passive nodes (N2, N3), fail over from N1 to N2, patch N1, and then fail back to N1. N1 and N2 are sync, N3 is async. ...
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SQL cluster update - Failover to un-patched node

So when updating a two node cluster, our procedure is this: Backup all databases. Failover all SQL cluster roles to Node A. Install the patches on Node B (passive). Restart Node B. Failover all SQL ...
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Cannot apply patches to SQL Server 2016

I have a SQL Server 2016 instance version is SP1-GDR - 13.0.4202.2. I want to apply the Cumulative Update packages but they will not install. When you step through them, you cannot select any options ...
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Never do SQL Server patching? [closed]

I am aware of Brent's post Why Nobody Ever Patches Their SQL Servers in this regard.....and with one of my friend, please assume one such scenario, where nearly 100 SQL Servers are never patched. ...
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How often to update SQL Server? [duplicate]

I am a new DBA at a company that has never had a DBA before me. SQL Servers are never upgraded unless it is part of a Windows Update on the server. Service Packs (or CUs) are never installed. We have ...
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As a MongoDB DBA, what do I need to know about the meltdown/spectre vulnerabilities?

If you didn't hear, a set of related vulnerabilities were recently discovered that impact virtually all processors sold over the last decade. You can find more technical detail about the meltdown/...
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how long can CU and SP be different across a SQL Server Always on Cluster nodes

Does Microsoft support running SQL Server Always On clusters for a short period of time on different CU and/or SP levels. For a week or a couple of days?
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What is the difference between SQL Server 2012 SP4 vs SP3 with CU-10?

Sorry, may be very stupid question but what is the difference between SQL Server 2012 SP4 and SQL Server 2012 SP3 + CU-10?
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SQL Server 2012 patching failure - The language of SQL Server instance MSSQLSERVER does not match the language expected by the SQL Server update

I've picked up the support for a SQL Server 2012 instance on a server at our German site and need to apply SQLServer2012SP4-KB4018073-x64-ENU. The patching is failing with the installer showing error ...
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SQL Server Service Pack Questions

We are currently running our database server on SQL Server RTM; i.e. no service packs or cumulative updates have been installed. We need to install the latest Service Pack for SQL Server. I had the ...
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Error installing SQL Server Database Engine Services Instance Features - The User Log directory in the registry is not valid

We have a SQL Server: Microsoft SQL Server 2017 (RTM-CU14-GDR) (KB4494352) - 14.0.3103.1 (X64) Mar 22 2019 22:33:11 Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows Server 2016 Datacenter 10.0 (Build 14393:...
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Properly determine SQL Server version and update level

I have some existing code which tries to read the current version of SQL Server that's installed for a particular instance name by using a WMI query. It checks the first dotted part of the VERSION (...
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Azure SQL Database patch and update doubts

It is known that Microsoft automates the patch and update of Azure SQL Database. But, some times applications must be tested before being applied any type of patch or update, because there's a ...
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error code 3417 - after installing CU for SQL SERVER 2016 SP1

I am getting below error message after installing cumulative updates for SQL Server 2016 Sp1. The description for Event ID 7024 from source Service Control Manager cannot be found. Either the ...
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CU Update to Sql Server 2014 hangs for 7 hours

How to improve time for patching installs? Applying patches on test Hyper-V VM's prior to production patching. It is a two node Always-On AG. From Detail.txt when I let it run: (01) 2017-04-26 15:...
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SQL Server 2008 Patch on Clustered Server

I am patching SQL server, going from SP1 to SP3, on a cluster while following Microsoft's instructions on how to do it. Every single place I read tells me to do the following: Pause the passive ...
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Remove a SQL Server Patch only visible in View Installed Update List

Kindly help me regarding our issue with a Clustered Environment's applied patch. The situation is: We removed a SQL Patch: GDR 6248 for SQL Server 2012 (KB3194721) (64 bit). When we successfully ...
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Has my repair fixed incomplete patching?

I am patching a SQL2008R2 Express Edition instance. On the first failed attempt, all seemed to be fine - SQL loaded, dbs online, @@VERSION returned the expected results, but errors were found during ...