Know Your Product Specifications

As the Data Professional in your organization, the rest of the org looks to you to ensure that the system can handle what the business requires. To do that, you need to know two things: what the business requires, and what SQL Server can do. But of course there’s a bit more to it than…


SQL Server 2008 SP1 is Now Available

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available for download at the following location: As always, read the release notes before you install anything, and make sure you install it on your test environment first. The big changes in this Service Pack include: · Slipstream – You are now able to integrate the…


SQL Server 2005 Service Pack Three is Available

Load this after you thoroughly read the release notes – no, seriously, take a little time and do that. And as always, test, test, test! SP3 (Std, Dev, Ent) SP3 Express SP3 Express Advanced SP3 express Toolkit SQL 2005 Feature Pack Refresh December 2008 SQL 2005 BOL Refresh SQL 2005 SP3 Read Me  


CU1 for SQL Server 2008 is now Available!

Many people wait for the “first” service pack of a product to work with it. Well, the CU#1 for SQL Server 2008 is now available. This is a new service model where we get out fixes far faster than a full Service Pack. You should read the article to see if you face any of…


News Flash: SQL Server 2008 is here

You can find it on MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Subscriber Downloads.    Either search for SQL Server 2008 or navigate under Servers then to SQL Server 2008.   Subscribers can also download SQL Server 2008 editions through our Akamai services on the Top Subscriber Downloads section on the Subscriptions Home Pages. 


SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack RC0

The SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack for RC0 is now live – if you haven’t downloaded this and played with it yet, shame on you! 🙂 OK – just kidding – it’s not like you don’t have a day job. However, if you’ll take a few moments and look this download over and find out how…


SQL Serve 2005 Cumulative Update 7

The information for the Cumulative Update (CU) 7 is now available – make sure you check that out here:


Books Online Innovations

It’s just documentation – right? Well, there’s actually a bit more to it than that. Of course, we update the content of Books Online all the time, as I’ve mentioned before. But we’ve also innovated in the way that we present and deliver the content. I asked Bryan, a friend that works here with me,…


The May 2007 Books Online Update is Available

You can get the latest crunchy SQL Server documentation goodness here:  


Microsoft Update Now Updates Books Online

I’ve mentioned before that we update Books Online several times a year, and we’re moving to do it even more often. Im very happy to announce that SQL Server 2005 Books Online Doc Refresh 4 is now part of Microsoft Update.  This means that customers who have installed a previous version of Books Online will now…