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Posted - 12/04/2013 :  13:43:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello SQL Team,

I have been assisting a small business (20 seats) with Access front end / back end services and they want to add SQL Server 2012 SP1. They are running a server with MS Server 2012 R2 and have asked me if they can install and run SQL Server 2012 SP1 on the same machine without clobbering MS Server 2012 R2.

The machine has the necessary hardware attributes but I do not know what SQL Server 2012 SP1 does to an existing operating system when it installs. Does SQL Server 2012 SP1 replace the existing OS or does it exist with it, like an add-in?

Thanks for considering my question.

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Posted - 12/04/2013 :  13:45:32  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A SQL Server service pack is not for the OS. It is for SQL Server. SQL Server is software that runs on the OS.

If they have SQL Server 2012 installed, then yes they can install SP1 and definitely should.

Tara Kizer
SQL Server MVP since 2007
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