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How to determine the service pack currently installed on SQL Server?

Posted By :Prasanti Prusty     Posted Date :December 22, 2009    Points :10   Category :Sql Server 
The global variable @@Version is used to determine the service pack installed.
Ex : SELECT @@Version
O/P : Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - 9.00.1399.06 (Intel X86) Oct 14 2005 00:33:37 Copyright (c) 1988-2005 Microsoft Corporation Developer Edition on Windows NT 5.2 (Build 3790: Service Pack 2)

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