Next week, Microsoft will begin this new procedure for dispensing hotfixes, which are generally not as high level as patches are. The bulletins can include items like syntax bugs or any small glitches where a workaround is required. The first delivery of cumulative hotfixes will be April 16. Successive batches may not always fall on the same day but in the same week, according to Microsoft.
This new way of dispensing SQL Server hotfixes will replace the current situation where hotfixes are delivered randomly, and customers must go to support.Microsoft.com to receive downloads.The SQL Server hotfixes will not replace service packs. And, Microsoft will still release bug fixes and patches for SQL Server that involve Windows on Patch Tuesday. If a fix is needed right away or if it affects a broad set of customers, then Microsoft will push it out regardless of the timing, the company said.
Customers can sign up at support.Microsoft.com and receive an automatic notification when the hotfixes are ready.