New and Recently Updated: SQL Server docs

Nearly every day Microsoft updates some of its existing articles on its documentation website. This article displays excerpts from recently updated articles. Links to new articles might also be listed.

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Recent updates are reported for the following date range and subject:

  • Date range of updates:   2018-02-03   -to-   2018-04-28
  • Subject area:   SQL Server.


New Articles Created Recently

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  1. How to contribute to SQL Server Documentation
  2. SQL Server privacy supplement


Updated Articles with Excerpts

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Compact List of Articles Updated Recently

This compact list provides links to all the updated articles that are listed in the Excerpts section.

  1. SQL Server 2012 Service Pack release notes
  2. SQL Server 2016 Release Notes
  3. SQL Server Documentation



1.   SQL Server 2012 Service Pack release notes

Updated: 2018-04-25           (Next)


  • Automatic Soft-NUMA partitioning – With SQL 2014 SP2, Automatic Soft-NUMA partitioning is introduced when Trace Flag 8079 is enabled at the server level. When Trace Flag 8079 is enabled during startup, SQL Server 2014 SP2 interrogates the hardware layout and automatically configures Soft NUMA on systems reporting 8 or more CPUs per NUMA node. The automatic soft NUMA behavior is Hyperthread (HT/logical processor) aware. The partitioning and creation of additional nodes scales background processing by increasing the number of listeners, scaling, and network and encryption capabilities. It is recommended to first test the performance of the workload with Auto-Soft NUMA before it is turned ON in production.

Service Pack 3 release notes

Download pages

For more detailed information to identify the location and name of the file to download based on your currently installed version, see the "Select the correct file to download" section in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 release information.

Service Pack 2 release notes

Download pages

Use the table below to identify the location and name of the file to download based on your currently installed version. Download pages have system requirements and basic installation instructions.

|If your current installed version is...|And you want to...|Download and install...|



2.   SQL Server 2016 Release Notes

Updated: 2018-04-27           (Previous | Next)


This article describes limitations and issues with SQL Server 2016 releases, including service packs. For information on what's new, see What's New in SQL Server 2016.

  • Download SQL Server 2016 from the Evaluation Center
  • Azure Virtual Machine small: Have an Azure account? Then go Here to spin up a Virtual Machine with SQL Server 2016 SP1 already installed.
  • Download SSMS: To get the latest version of SQL Server Management Studio, see [Download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)].

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

SQL Server 2016 SP2 includes all cumulative updates released after 2016 SP1, up to and including CU8.



3.   SQL Server Documentation

Updated: 2018-04-27           (Previous)


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