SQL Server 2012 on the SQL Down Under Podcast

My colleague Greg Low asked me to join him for the latest episode of the SQL Down Under podcast to discuss what’s new and interesting about SQL Server 2012.  Check it out! http://www.sqldownunder.com/SQLDownUnderWMAFeed.xml Or: http://www.sqldownunder.com/SQLDownUnderMP3Feed.xml Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all my database and BI friends out there!


New SQL Server 2012 Labs and Presentations Available

We just shipped a whole bunch of new content for the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit and you can get it right now via the Web Installer Preview: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9785999 This update includes eleven new hands-on labs covering popular topics like Integration Services, the new BI Semantic Model and Power View. Remember, if you are…


New and Updated SQL Azure Labs Available

We just shipped a whole batch of new SQL Azure content in the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October Release and also in the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit.  Here’s a quick summary of what’s new from a SQL Azure Perspective. New Lab: SQL Azure Data-tier Applications SQL Azure Database supports a variety…


Essential SQL Server for DevConnections Attendees

Tuesday 11/1/2011 is a big day for SQL Server 2012.  The SQL Server engineering team will be in the house at DevConnections in Las Vegas.  This post is for people who are attending SQL Server Connections and others who want to learn about SQL Server 2012 and connect with the team.  You can download the…


Looking for a killer SQL Server 2012 demo?

Well look no further!  I’m pleased to announce that the MySemanticSearch Sample is now available on CodePlex at: mysemanticsearch.codeplex.com MySemanticSearch allows a user to upload Word documents into a SQL Server 2012 table, then visualize the semantic content of the documents in it using tag clouds that are automatically built by semantic search. The user…


New SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure Presentations Available

I’m pleased to announce that the following presentations have been added to the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit and are available for download: Introduction To SQL Server 2012 This presentation provides an overview of the key improvements in SQL Server 2012 from a developer perspective in the context of Microsoft’s overall strategy for Platform-as-a-Service…


Learn SQL Server 2012 Development Now!

If you want to learn how to develop database and business intelligence solutions that fully exploit SQL Server 2012 improvements, this resource is for you!  The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit includes technical content like labs, demos and presentations that you can use to learn SQL Server 2012 or to deliver your own training…


Check Out Episode 2 of DataBound

One of my favorite new features of SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is known as Semantic Search which makes it possible to automatically build tag clouds over a set of content then do powerful searches, such as “find documents that are similar to this one” or “compare these two documents and tell me which tags…


SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 is Here

That’s right, it’s hot off the presses!  If you’ve been waiting to try out great improvements like our new development tools, Transact-SQL language enhancements, and rich support for content, wait no more! You can find everything you need to get started here: http://www.microsoft.com/denali Looking for the CTP3 build of the SQL Server Developer Tools Code…


Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Content Updates

We’ve just finished refreshing the following content assets to support Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (May 2011 Update) SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) PHP on Windows and SQL Server Training Kit (March 2011 Update) Please grab yourself…