Microsoft just released a couple of CUs for SQL Server 2012. What is exiting is how Microsoft phrases their recommendations whether we should install them or not. Below is from the KB of one of those recently released CUs:
- Microsoft recommends ongoing, proactive installation of CUs as they become available:
- SQL Server CUs are certified to the same levels as service packs and should be installed at the same level of confidence.
- Historical data shows that a significant number of support cases involve an issue that has already been addressed in a released CU.
- CUs may contain added value over and above hotfixes. This includes supportability, manageability, and reliability updates.
Now, that is a pretty significant change from what they used to say. In addition, requiring the CU is much easier. You just go to MS Download, select whether you want 32 or 64 bit and then download the bits immediately.
Check it out yourself, go to for instance https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50731.
Or check out how the KB for a new SQL Server CU: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3120313 (see the "Notes for the update" section).