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This Readme document contains important information to read before installing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. It describes how to obtain SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, how to find Books Online, how to find Upgrade Advisor, how to find supplemental product information
in the Release Notes, and copyright attributions for the product.
This Readme file is available on your installation media, as well as from this Readme page.
For information about the new features in SQL Server 2008 R2, see
What's New in SQL Server 2008 R2. For information about what is new in SP1, see the
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 is available for download at the
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 download page. Follow the instructions that are provided at the download site for downloading SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. You can install SP1, even if you only have SQL Server Management Studio installed (where you don't have an instance
of SQL Server installed yet).
SQL Server Books Online is the primary documentation for getting assistance with installing SQL Server. You can view Books Online on
MSDN. For documentation on upgrading installed SQL Server 2008 R2 components with a SQL Server 2008 R2 servicing update, see
SQL Server 2008 R2 Servicing Documentation.
The following Books Online topics on MSDN contain important information about installing SQL Server 2008 R2.
The Upgrade Advisor tool analyzes your current instance of SQL Server and provides important information you should know before upgrading. For more information about SQL Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Advisor, see the Upgrade Advisor section of
this Feature Pack download page.
This knowledge base (KB) article describes how to apply a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 update to a failover cluster instance. Although the article says "SQL Server 2008", it also applies to Microsoft SQL
Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard (see the "APPLIES TO" section at the bottom of the article for a full list).
The Release Notes provide supplemental information about product behaviors that apply only to this release or that are not documented in this release of Books Online. You can find the Release Notes on the
Release Notes page.