Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

This was a big day for us as Ted Kummert (Vice President for SQL Server) announced the general availability of SQL Server 2012 SP1 at the PASS Summit 2012 today. This is a significant release because it delivers important updates as well as new capabilities for Office 2013 and SQL Server 2012. We’ve already blogged… Read more

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Community Technology Preview 4 (CTP4)

Last Thursday, we released SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) CTP4. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. While CTP3 was primarily targeted at introducing the BI functionality for Office 2013 Preview and SharePoint 2013 Preview, CTP4 covers SQL Server functionality across the board…. Read more

Verifying the SharePoint 2013 Configuration for Accessing Workbooks as a Data Source from Within the Farm

My previous blog post, “Verifying the Excel Services Configuration for PowerPivot in SharePoint 2013,” discussed steps to verify that Excel Services can load workbook data models on an out-of-farm PowerPivot server running SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3 Analysis Services (SSAS) in SharePoint deployment mode so that users can enjoy full workbook interactivity in the browser…. Read more

Verifying the Excel Services Configuration for PowerPivot in SharePoint 2013

In SharePoint 2013, Excel Services natively supports core PowerPivot functionality. This is an important improvement over previous releases. Without requiring an extra installation of PowerPivot components in the farm, users can interact with workbook data models in the browser. You only need to register a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) server in the Excel Services… Read more

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3)

Last week, we released the public CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1. For most SQL Server components, SP1 is just a collection of patches and bug fixes, but for Business Intelligence scenarios, SP1 is much more than just a service pack. SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3 is specifically released to accompany the… Read more

Released: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

This week is packed with big announcements: We released Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) with breakthrough innovations that will help our customers to shape their Business Intelligence (BI) future; and we also released Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with important improvements of our existing technologies, and… Read more