Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit – SQL Server Survey

Along with the release of the MAP Toolkit 6.5 beta, we are making a survey available to capture your experience with the SQL Server scenarios within the MAP Toolkit. The information that we gather in the survey will help us with the next major release of the MAP Toolkit.   Please take some time to…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP Toolkit)

Hi all, Back at the end of August, I transition from the SQL Server engineer team working on SQL Server Setup to the MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning) Toolkit Team. Since I have been on the new team, I have been working on updating the MAP Toolkit to detect SQL Server “Denali” across your environment….

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Product Update Frequently Asked Questions

With the release of SQL Server “Denali” CTP3, we have introduce the “Product Updates” functionality in SQL Server Setup. Product Update is a new feature in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”, Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP 3) Setup. It integrates the latest product updates with the main product installation so that the main product and…

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How to slipstream SQL Server 2008 R2 and a SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

With the release SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, I have compiled the list of steps to create a slipstream drop. Once you have created this slipstream drop, you can install the original release of SQL Server 2008 R1 and SP1 at the same time. The slipstream functionality performs a single installs that is quicker when…

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Provide feedback on the SQL Server code-name “Denali” Product Update feature

In this SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 release, you can try out the new Product Update functionality. We have made a test update available for you to run through the Product Update functionality and provide us feedback. To provide feedback, provide a comment below or submit through Microsoft | Connect. I described the Product Update functionality…

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“Product Update” in SQL Server code-named “Denali”

Overview: Product Update is a new feature in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”, Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP 3) Setup. It integrates the latest product updates with the main product installation so that the main product and its applicable updates are installed at the same time. Product Update can search Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update…

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SQL Server Code Name “Denali” (next version of SQL Server) – Supported OSes and Upgrade Paths

We are looking for feedback on three items for SQL Server Code Name “Denali”. First, are the supported OSes. Second, are the supported upgrade paths. Third, is the way the installer handles unsupported OSes and upgrade paths. Specifically we want to know if these will slow down your adoption of SQL Server Code Name “Denali”….

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Cluster Upgrade (SQL Server 2008 R2–> SQL Server “Denali”)

In this blog, I will cover how to upgrade a SQL Server 2008 R2 cluster to the next version of SQL Server called “Denali”. The version of Denali that I am using is a build before the final CTP3 release. The process and dialogs should most be unchanged when the final version of Denali releases….

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Installing SQL Server 2008 Best Practice Analyzer (BPA) on a non-domain machine

When installing SQL 2008 R2 BPA on a machine that is not connect to a domain, you may see the following. To verify you are hitting the know issue with the BPA installer trying to enable PowerShell remoting, run the following command to generate an installation log. msiexec /i {full path to BPA MSI} /l*v…

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SQL Server 2005 SP4 available through Microsoft Update

Today (Jan 25th, 2011), Microsoft released SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 (SP4) to Microsoft Update. SP4 was made available on the download center back in December 2010.   The SP4 update for non-Express SQL Server editions (Developer, Enterprise, Standard, and so on) will be made available as an optional update. As an optional update,…

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