This Readme document contains important information to read before installing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). It describes how to find installation assistance, how to find supplemental product information in the Release Notes, and lists the copyright attributions for the product. This Readme file is available on your installation media.
The SQL Server 2012 SP1 download page contains system requirements and basic installation instructions. For additional documentation on upgrading installed SQL Server 2012 components with a SQL Server 2012 servicing update, see SQL Server 2012 Servicing Documentation.
For more information about installing SQL Server 2012, see SQL Server 2012 Installation.
Analyze Your Upgrade with Upgrade Advisor
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 2012 Upgrade Advisor, see the Upgrade Advisor section of this Feature Pack download page.
Read the Release Notes for the Latest Product Information
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. For more information, see the Release Notes.
This product contains software derived from the Xerox Secure Hash Function.
This product includes software from the 'zlib' general purpose compression library.
This software is based in part on the work of the Independent JPEG Group.
Portions of this software are based in part on the work of RSA Data Security, Inc. Because Microsoft has included the RSA Data Security, Inc., software in this product, Microsoft is required to include the text below that accompanied such software:
Copyright © 1990, RSA Data Security, Inc. All rights reserved.
License to copy and use this software is granted provided that it is identified as the "RSA Data Security, Inc., MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm" in all material mentioning or referencing this software or this function. License is also granted to make and use derivative works provided that such works are identified as "derived from the RSA Data Security, Inc., MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm" in all material mentioning or referencing the derived work.
RSA Data Security, Inc., makes no representations concerning either the merchantability of this software or the suitability of this software for any particular purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty of any kind.
These notices must be retained in any copies of any part of this documentation and/or software.
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