DBTA – Keep Up With the Latest SQL Server Updates

Here’s one big advantage to moving to Microsoft Azure SQL Database—you never have to patch. That’s right. The various SKUs available in Azure’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering are automatically always kept up-to-date with the latest updates. In fact, with Microsoft’s “cloud first” product development strategy, new code is deployed to Azure first and then made available to on-premise versions of SQL Server after. And, if you want to live on the bleeding edge of technology and act as a “canary in the coal mine,” you can work with your Microsoft liaison to run your workload in its specially designated “canary” data center, where you can test out not-yet-released technologies.

That’s all well and good, but most of the SQL Server installed license base is still on-premise. If you’re in this category, then it is essential that you keep up with patching and security fixes regularly. The information in this article is the sort that experienced SQL Server DBAs keep close at hand. So, let’s take a few minutes to walk through the details of how to do that.

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