SQL Server Patch

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SQL Server
SQL Server administration
SQL Server alerts
How do you get notified when Microsoft is doing a SQL Server Patch? Is there a way to be alerted before they do a patch?

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Microsoft SQL Server

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Microsoft normally does not perform any patching. They release the patch and it is up to the sys admin to install it (unless automatic updating is turned on). Patches are normally released every Tuesday. If automatic updating is enabled on the server I HIGHLY recommend setting it no higher than “Let me choose what to download and install”.

Having auto patches can lead to BIG headaches.

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  • Amfaust
    Is there a way to recieve alerts for when the patches occur and what each patch includes?
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  • Mattcassell
    You can sign up for security patch alerts by going to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/dd252948.aspx. But I don't know about normal patches. Also, I fixed the day for patching, it is Tuesdays. Sorry about that.
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  • Denny Cherry
    There's no alerting when normal service packs and hot fixes are released. There are a lot of services that put out notices (such as SQLServerCentral.com) and a lot of blogs will also announce when a hot fix or service pack are released.
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    [...] 7. Mattcassell, Amfaust, and Mrdenny helped with a question regarding SQL Server patch. [...]
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