Supported SQL Server versions for SCCM Current Branch

In this post we will look at the supported SQL server versions for SCCM current branch. When you install SCCM, you require SQL server to host the site database. This SQL server version should be supported by configuration manager.

With the release of SCCM 1606 a lot of organizations are planning to upgrade their configuration manager environment. One important aspect during the SCCM upgrade is to know the supported SQL server version.

In this post I will list the SQL versions supported for SCCM current branch. This will help you out in choosing the SQL server during configuration manager install or upgrade. If you are looking at size and scale numbers for System Center Configuration Manager click this link.

When you install SQL for CAS and Primary sites, site database always uses full install of SQL. The SQL server can be on site server computer or it could be on a remote computer.

For secondary sites, the site DB can use default instance of a full install of SQL Server, or SQL Server Express. However the SQL Server cannot be remote in this case. It should be on the site server computer.

SCCM Configurations for SQL Server

Listing some of the important configurations required for all SQL server installs.

  • Configuration Manager requires a 64-bit version of SQL Server to host the site database.
  • While installing SQL server, the site database must use the following Database collation: SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS.
  • Only the Database Engine Services feature is required for each site server.
  • SCCM requires Windows authentication to validate connections to the database.
  • Take a look at SQL Server Memory Configurations.
  • SQL Server ports – The Intersite communications use the SQL Server Service Broker, which uses port TCP 4022 by default. And the Intrasite communications between the database engine and various ConfigMgr site system roles use port TCP 1433 by default. More info is covered here.

Supported SQL Server versions for SCCM Current Branch

The below table lists all the SQL Server version supported by SCCM current branch 1511 and later. You can use the below versions of SQL Server with no minimum cumulative update version.

SQL Server Versions
CASPRIMARYSECONDARY
SQL Server 2017 Express with minimum CU2 or higherNONOYES
SQL Server 2017 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES
SQL Server 2016 ExpressNONOYES
SQL Server 2016 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES
SQL Server 2014 SP2 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES
SQL Server 2014 SP1 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES
SQL Server 2014 Express SP2NONOYES
SQL Server 2014 Express SP1NONOYES
SQL Server 2012 SP3 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES
SQL Server 2012 SP2 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES
SQL Server 2012 Express SP3NONOYES
SQL Server 2012 Express SP2NONOYES
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 (Standard, Enterprise)YESYESYES

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