SQL Server 2014 Receives Third Service Pack

SQL Server 2014 SP3 includes new performance and scalability features and various bug fixes. The update, released on Oct. 30, 2018, is a cumulative update with all features and fixes through Cumulative Update 13. SP3 must be installed by the end of Oct. 2019 to continue receiving support. Performance features improve database backup speeds and compression to help large and small database backups across a range of hardware and increase the efficiency of change tracking and cleanup processes that previously caused deadlocks.

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