Released: Management Pack for SQL Server Analysis Services 2008 and 2012

This week, we released Management Packs for SQL Server 2008 and 2012 Analysis Services. The corresponding downloads are available at:   System  Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services   System  Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services These Management Packs deliver proactive and reactive monitoring capabilities for SQL Server Analysis… Read more

Released: Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server

Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server (KerberosConfigMgr) was released on May 15th 2013, and is available for download at the Microsoft Download Center at This diagnostic tool can help to troubleshoot Kerberos-related configuration issues with SQL Server, which is very exciting for us because Kerberos authentication plays a critical role in many BI-related authentication… Read more

Poster Download: Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance

Over recent months, we had a lot of fun creating a Microsoft BI poster for SQL Pass and SharePoint Conference. As the title suggests, the poster shows the most important technologies in the Microsoft BI stack at a glance, arranged in various layers from the data sources all the way up to the client applications… 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

Announcing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)

Today, we’ve reached the next big milestone on the road to unlocking breakthrough insights across organizations with a cloud-ready information platform—we released Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC0! You can find the installation media at the Download Center.  When you try it, don’t forget to also download the corresponding Microsoft SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot for… 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

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

Released: Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

 Today is a great day for us PowerPivoteers because Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 has been released. You can download it from our new and fantastic Download Center at Why is this SharePoint Service Pack so important for PowerPivot? Among other things, it lowers the number of query requests Excel… Read more

PowerPivot at the Download Center

The Download Center team just released a new version of the Download Center (DLC). It includes a new and improved search engine, an updated user experience, and more paid and free products within its catalog. Sounds great… Let’s see how good the new DLC really is when it comes to PowerPivot. Go to … Read more