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 supported SQL server versions for SCCM current branch 1511 and later. You can use the below versions of SQL Server with no minimum cumulative update version.

SQL Server Versions
SQL Server 2019 (Standard, Enterprise) YES YES YES
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
Supported SQL Server versions for SCCM Current Branch

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18 thoughts on “Supported SQL Server versions for SCCM Current Branch”

  1. Hi Prajwal,

    I am currently using Configuration manager version 2012 SP2 and the database sql 2008 R2 (10.50.4042.0)
    Now we are planning to migrate SQL server to a new server with a later version of SQL ( SQL 2017 server). Is this possible?
    If not, which version of SQL DB i can install in new server.

    Thank you,

  2. Hi prajwal

    it is supported to have the database in version 2016 and the report instance in sql 2012

    i dont find anything about that


  3. Hi Prajwal

    it is supported to have the database in version 2016 and the report instance in sql 2012?

    i dont find anything about that


  4. Hi Prajwal,
    Since sccm 2016 comes with bundled licensing, it has sql2016 ent. license within it, can we deploy sql2016 on a different server instead of parent primary site server and still use that bundled license feature of sql on it.
    Second, how do we achieve the sql High availability for sccm with bundled licensing.


  5. Hi I currently have SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Site Version 5.00.8239.1000 and a SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2. I would like to upgrade to CB 1606 but I’ve noticed that you need at least SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3. My question is, can I upgrade my sql box to SP3 and then upgrade to CB 1606? Or will this not work?

  6. Hi Prajwal,
    I have installed SCCM and the problem I’m having is the client install. I can not get it to install on a client workstation. I have tried to install it manually and from the SCCM server. I can see the ccmsetup.exe *32 in task manager on the Windows 7 64 bit workstation, but it doesn’t install the config manager client. Please Help. I don’t know if my distribution point is the issue or if it’s something else.


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