Starting with SQL Server 2017, we are adopting a simplified, predictable mainstream servicing lifecycle:
- SPs will no longer be made available. Only CUs, and GDRs when needed.
- CUs will now accommodate localized content, allowing new feature completeness and supportability enhancements to be delivered faster.
- CUs will be delivered more often at first and then less frequently. Every month for the first 12 months, and every quarter for the remainder 4 years of the full 5-year mainstream lifecycle.
- CUs are delivered on the same week of the month: week of 3rd Tuesday.
Note: the Modern Servicing Model (MSM) only applies to SQL Server 2017 and future versions.
If you’re the type who waits for SP1 to drop, you’ll be waiting for Godot. Who should be here any minute now.