SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Update 5

On March 20, 2018, Microsoft released SQL Server 2017 Cumulative Update 5, which is Build 14.0.3023.8. I count 14 hotfixes in the public fix list. It is good to see Microsoft getting back on schedule for their first year CU releases for SQL Server 2017, which are supposed to happen every month. There are quite […]

Recent SQL Server Software Updates

The third week of March 2018 has seen a plethora of SQL Server related software updates from Microsoft. These include: SQL Server 2017 CU5 SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU8 SQL Server 2014 SP2 CU11 This list covers all of the currently supported branches of these major versions of SQL Server, meaning that if you are […]

SQL Server Diagnostic Information Queries for March 2018

This month, there are more minor updates to the all of the versions of the queries, primarily in the comments and documentation. I have made the most changes to the SQL Server 2017 version this month. I have also developed a T-SQL script that you can use to check whether your instance of SQL Server […]

New CPU Microcode Updates for Intel Processors

Intel has released a new round of CPU microcode updates that address the Spectre variant #2 CPU vulnerability that now include older processor microarchitectures (all the way back to Haswell). There is always a delay between when Intel makes these updates available and when the system vendors and motherboard manufacturers do their validation and release […]