In my previous article, I announced the first fix for SQL Server 2012.
One week later, the first cumulative update is available on the Microsoft website.


What is a cumulative update?

Just a reminder: a cumulative update, also known as CU, is an addition of several hotfixes.

What is in this first CU for SQL Server 2012?

This CU has 54 hotfixes:

  • 33 for the engine
  • 14 for SSAS
  • 3 for SSRS
  • 3 for DQS
  • 1 for MDS


I will not give you the whole list but all detailed dixes that are included in CU1 are in the section “MORE INFORMATION” on the website.
I noticed that there are a lot of hotfixes for SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) and the first Fix is included in this CU.

What is the new build of SQL Server 2012 in this update?

If you update your SQL Server 2012, you will have a new build version: 11.00.2316
I take this opportunity to introduce a quick summary of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 builds since the beginning:

Date SQL server 2012 version Build
November 2010 Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) 11.00.1103
July 2011 Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) 11.00.1440
November 2011 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) 11.00.1750
December 2011 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) 11.00.1913
March 2012 RTM 11.00.2100
April 2012 Cumulative Update (CU1) 11.00.2316

In comparison, the first CU for 2008R2 was released 1 month after the RTM with more than 70 hotfixes and for 2008 it was 2 month after the RTM with almost 80 hotfixes. This first CU for SQL Server 2012 does not have many hotfixes.

It is not a really surprise for us, the frequency is the same as before. Normally, the next CU should come in 1 or 2 months (May-June).
The service pack mostly comes one year later…:-D


Don’t forget to test it before you update the production server!
You can download it here.