SQL Server 2008 R2 – November CTP

Hi all,

At PASS Event, last week, it was released the latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2, the November CTP:



This CTP is available for download here:



(MSDN & TECHNET subscribers can also download this CTP using their subscriptions)

Release Notes - Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Release Notes

Readme - Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Readme

SQL Server 2008 R2 introduces two new premium editions:

- SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

- SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse

But there are news in the core editions, too:


To read what is new in SQL Server® 2008 R2 November Community Technology Preview click here.

The Feature Pack for the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP is available here:


SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP version of the Books Online is available online and also as an offline download:



Some technologies are getting some highlights:

And there are more information about what is the Project “Madison” and the Fast Track initiative:

Check this new White Paper about Data Warehouse 2.0 - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee730351.aspx

Check this technical article about the Fast Track Data Warehouse 2.0 Architecture - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd459178.aspx


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