Staying on top of patches for your applications can be important, especially when those patches can fix issues that are currently affecting your environment. I’ve run into this from time to time with where the fix for an issue is related to the current state of updates to the SQL Server instance.
If the data on the SQL Servers wasn’t important, we wouldn’t be putting it into databases. Because of that the servers need to be taken care of and kept up to date. Like make-up, over the course of time things can happen. Things like a little moisture around the eyes causing mascara to run or the discovery of a new bug that causes the server to require a reboot. The fix for both is to apply an update. Wouldn’t it be cool if lipstick on a server fixed bugs.
To stay on top of Service Packs and Cumulative Updates, check out the Microsoft SQL Server Release Services blog. By following them you would have found out that Monday the following items came out: