Cumulative Update Package 1 for SQL Server 2008 - are you ready for testing!
First one in the series of SQL Server 2008 version, here it comes Cumulative Update package 1!
What kind of fixtures are available in this CU1 package?
Cumulative Update 1 contains hotfixes for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 issues that have been fixed since the release of SQL Server 2008.
After you apply this CU1 on SQL 2008 instance the build number should be 10.00.1763.00, this is to help you that whether the application has been applied successfully or not. As a best practice and I prefer/recommend that you must test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. As you may be aware that these hotfixes will not have easy rollback steps such uninstallation and being the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release.
KBA956909 link gives list of SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after 2008 version has been RTM'd. As you may be aware that the 2008 version is multi-language, so as the hotfixes and you can apply this CU package which consists all the component packages within one cumulative hotfix package for all the languages. CU package is intelligent enough to identify to install updates only those components are installed on the system, another catch to apply this CU package is you must enable SMO & DMO extended stored procedures before you apply this update package.
In similar to Cumulative Update Package for SQL Server 2005 this 2008 package can only be obtained by contacting Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) and don't forget to test perfectly before applying them to the production server, better be safe than sorry!
As usual it is better to remind you about the Incremental Servicing Model (ISM) about these Cumulative Updates from the SQL Server team and also worth to mention about New naming schema for SQL Server product from this 822499 link.