Slipstreaming SQL Server Updates/Service Packs in SQL 2008, almost

One of the most common asks for SQL Server related to servicing/patching (after uninstall of updates/SPs) is the production of slimstreamed media, ie where the Update/SP and the RTM are included together in a single plackage. Now there are a couple of reasons to do this, the first is to save time and complexity for…

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SQL Server 2008, Report Builder

Ok so not everything for SQL Server 2008 is available yet, Report Builder is going to have a lag, you can find RC 1 here. This should work with RTM SQL 2008. Here are some of the changes from the last RC; Easy to use wizards for creating table, matrix and chart data regions. Support for…

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SQL Server 2008, Express Edition now available

Get it here. No tools or advanced services yet, but they will be here shortly. Good info on this page but beware its download link points to 2005 still.

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SQL Server 2008 Installation Confusion, VS 2008 Sp1 and NetFx 3.5 Sp1

Ok lots of folks are confused and are having their installations bounced. There is some info in the release notes but this is the definitive KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956139 Let me try and explain; SQL Server 2008 has dependencies on (and includes) VS 2008 SP1 and its components (BIDS is just VS 2008, SSMS uses components), plus…

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SQL Server 2008 RTM

I’m forward dating this, but as you read this the bits should start becoming available. Congrats to the team on a focused release < 3 years since the last release. The various SKUs and supplimental bits such as the Feature Pack are going to be coming available over the next few weeks. Once all the…

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SQL 2008: Technet/MSDN Subscriber? Download RC0 now

Details are here http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/archive/2008/06/07/sql-server-2008-rc0-now-available-for-subscribers.aspx More info once I have mine downloaded and installed under Hyper V

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