Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services at Microsoft

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services at Microsoft which discusses how Microsoft IT implemented Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) so that publishers could use Microsoft Office applications to restrict access to confidential data. At Microsoft, sensitive business information in e-mail and business documents…

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SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide

This 490-page document covers the essential phases and steps to upgrade existing instances of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 to SQL Server 2008 by using best practices. These include preparation tasks, upgrade tasks, and post-upgrade tasks. It is intended to be a supplement to SQL Server 2008 Books Online. A successful upgrade to SQL Server…

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SQL Case Study: Reducing the Costs of Enterprise Data Warehouse Creation and Data Acquisition

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Reducing the Costs of Enterprise Data Warehouse Creation and Data Acquisition, which discusses how Microsoft IT is improving its data warehouse management efficiencies. Metadata Driven Extract Transform and Load (METaL) was developed by Microsoft IT to enable the rapid configuration, deployment, and operation of data…

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SQL Server 2008 SP2 Released!

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements based on requests from the…

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Download new MOF materials and apply MOF guidance to Microsoft® products and technologies

The MOF/Microsoft products companion guide bridges the gap between high-level service management processes and real-world application by clearly outlining how to apply MOF concepts using Microsoft products. The best practices outlined in this guidance will help facilitate collaboration between IT process and IT technology professionals, and make it easier to achieve improved service management outcomes…

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Proven SQL Server Architectures for High Availability and Disaster Recovery

SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 include many technologies that can be used to minimize downtime and maximize data protection so that database administrators can ensure smooth operation, continuous access to business critical data, and meet availability levels according to various service level agreements. Sometimes high-availability and disaster-recovery architectures are unfortunately designed without considering…

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Cumulative Update Package 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

Hi All, Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 contains hotfixes for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 issues that have been fixed since the release of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1. Note This build of the cumulative update package is also known as build 10.00.2746. We recommend that you test hotfixes…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 November – Now available

Hi All, The latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008 R2 available to the general public. The new capabilities in the latest CTP include support for Windows Server 2008 R2 – including Hyper-V with Live Migration – as well as enhanced data compression with support for Unicode UCS-2.  Also included are new visualization…

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Spotlight On: Microsoft Business Intelligence

Hi All, Please find below some of the important links which I collated on Microsoft Business Intelligence. Hope this information will be beneficial for your team. About Microsoft BI: · Microsoft Business Intelligence Why Microsoft BI? Microsoft business intelligence is delivered through a trusted and familiar environment that solves the business needs of organizations of…

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SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 provides the highest levels of security, reliability, and scalability for your business-critical applications. To take advantage of new opportunities in today’s fast-moving business world, companies need the ability to create and deploy data-driven solutions quickly. SQL Server 2008 reduces time and cost of management and development of applications. Microsoft Data Platform Vision…

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