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

Troubleshooting PowerPivot for SharePoint Solution Deployments

The configuration of PowerPivot for SharePoint entails a critical phase concerning the deployment of multiple solution packages (.wsp files) on all servers in the farm. If you run the PowerPivot Configuration Tool for the first time in a farm, you can see the various steps this phase includes under Add and Deploy PowerPivot Solutions, as… Read more

SQL Server 2012 Released: Eval version available immediately, general availability in April

This is it! Microsoft SQL Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing (RTM), with an evaluation version available immediately. So download the final bits and see for yourself how the new SQL Server version can help you manage any data, any size, anywhere, and deliver breakthrough insights across the organization. SQL Server 2012 is already… Read more

Released: SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide

Looking for datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running demonstrations, hands-on lab previews, technical presentations, and other useful links to evaluate SQL Server Code Name ‘Denali’ CTP3? Go to the Microsoft Download Center and search for “CTP3 Product Guide” or simply click on the following link: The SQL Server Denali CTP3 Product Guide includes the… Read more

About the Relativity of Large Data Volumes

Some conversations in our team are really priceless. The other day, while working on an article about Analyzing Performance Data in PowerPivot, I was bragging to Ashvini about the fact that I was able to import a 55 GB database with more than 200 million rows of data into a 1 GB PowerPivot workbook, as… Read more

Released: Denali CTP3 Samples and TechNet Wiki

This was a big announcement week for us. Let’s finish it with a note about our new Denali CTP3 samples. JuanPablo already introduced the AMO sample in his Creating a Tabular Model with AMO blog post, but wait there’s more: SQL Server Samples Readme on the TechNet Wiki   Ties all samples together and provides step-by-step installation… Read more

Submit Your Feedback on Analysis Services and PowerPivot

Now that the Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Evaluation edition is available for download, we are eager to hear from you. Do you like the new Business Intelligence (BI) features, such as the new professional BI developer tools? Do you find it easy to create tabular models on an Analysis Services server? What additional… Read more

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3)

Today we released our next public CTP of Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali.” This milestone is super exciting because it is packed with amazing Business Intelligence (BI) improvements and innovations for relational databases as well as for BI solutions. You can find the Denali CTP Evaluation edition at the Download Center. Try it… Read more