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Get cumulative update number for SQL Server Version

07 February,2017 by Tom Collins

Question: I’m trying to find the latest sql cumulative update on a SQL Server. I’ve read the post SQL Server – Get SQL Server Version (SQL Server DBA) and have extracted the details. How can I tell from the information the cumulative update.?

The SQL Server version details returned are: 12.0.5538.0 . It’s SQL Server 2014 – but how do I know the Cumulative Update version?

 Answer: As you have read the post  SQL Server – Get SQL Server Version (SQL Server DBA)  getting the sql server version is recorded within the SQL Server meta data. A Cumulative Update  (CU) is created  and contains a list of hot fixes . Keeping up to date with a CU can be more practical for a DBA. Having to keep up to  date with every hotfix can be a daunting task.

Once you have the information from one of the methods posted in ,  you can obtain the CU version number by checking a host of references on the Microsoft site. One such example:,-edition-and-update-level-of-sql-server-and-its-components

The example you’ve given : 12.0.5538.0  is CU3 for SQL 2014 SP2

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