Dan Pearson
April 20, 2023

How I learned to stop worrying...and love SQL Server

As a data professional, managing databases is a crucial part of day-to-day work. And when it comes to managing databases, Microsoft SQL Server has always been a reliable and trusted solution. But over the years, I’ve come to appreciate more than just its reliability. I’ve come to love how easy it is to update and maintain, especially with Software Assurance (SA).


First, let's talk about why updating SQL Server is important. Like any software, SQL Server needs to be updated to fix bugs and security issues, and to add new features and improvements. Failing to update your SQL Server can lead to serious consequences, such as data breaches, data corruption, or even system crashes. Keeping your SQL Server on an in supported version is also key to maintaining accreditation such as Cyber Essentials /Cyber Essentials + etc.


Fortunately, updating SQL Server is easy. Microsoft releases regular updates, which can be downloaded and installed with just a few clicks. You can choose to install updates manually or automatically, depending on your preferences. Either way, updating SQL Server is quick and painless. Each Cumulative Update (CU) is certified to the same level as a Service Pack so you should have confidence everything will still work post update.


The release pattern changed from SQL 2017 fromService Packs to Monthly Cumulative Updates for the first 12 months of release, followed by one approximately every quarter for the next few years until for the last year in support one per six months is released.


But that’s not the only reason I love SQL Server.It’s also because of Software Assurance (SA). SA is a program that gives you access to new versions and updates of SQL Server as they become available. This means you don’t have to worry about purchasing new licenses every time a new version of SQL Server is released. With SA, you automatically get access to the latest version, along with all the updates and improvements.


But SA is more than just a way to stay up to date.It also gives you access to exclusive benefits, such as technical support and training resources. With SA, you can get access to training resources, such as e-learning courses and webinars, which can help you improve your skills and stay on top of the latest SQL Server developments. Additionally advanced features like High Availability and Disaster Recovery are available at no additional cost which provides more options for your data protection needs.


In summary, updating SQL Server is crucial for maintaining a secure and reliable database system. With Software Assurance, updating SQL Server is not only easy, but also comes with a range of benefits, including access to the latest versions, updates, technical support, and training resources. 


So, ask yourself a few questions:

1.          Are you running any SQL Servers that are out of mainstream support?

2.          Are you patching SQL Express instillations that come bundled with products such as Veeam B&R and Net2?

3.          Is my SQL Server estate vulnerable?


Be aware of the lifecycle of SQL Servers, the dates below are only valid if the latest CU/SP has been patched to the server. Please also note that only two versions of SQL Server are currently in Mainstream support:

Please note that Extended Support only includes security updates, and it is recommended that any SQL Server in Extended Support be upgraded to one in Mainstream support.

TIEVA's managed Endpoint service, through ourPro-Active team will keep your SQL Server updated as part of the Managed Patch service. 


So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to stop worrying and start loving your SQL Servers.

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