SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack, October 2008 goes live


    We have just released SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Oct! It is a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008. This particular release contains following additional components since SQL Server 2008 RTM:


     Components Name


    Microsoft ADOMD.NET

    ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft .NET Framework object model that enables software developers to create client-side applications that browse metadata and query data stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services. ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft ADO.NET provider with enhancements for online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining.

    Microsoft Analysis Management Objects

    Analysis Management Objects (AMO) is a .NET Framework object model that enables software developers to create client-side applications to manage and administer Analysis Services objects.

    Microsoft Connector 1.0 for SAP BI


    The Microsoft Connector for SAP BI is a set of managed components for transferring data to or from an SAP NetWeaver BI version 7.0 system. The component is designed to be used with the Enterprise and Developer editions of SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. To install the component, run the platform-specific installer for x86, x64, or Itanium computers respectively. For more information see the Readme and the installation topic in the Help file.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Datamining Viewer Controls

    The Data Mining Web Controls Library is a set of Microsoft Windows Forms controls that enable software developers to display data mining models created using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services in their client-side applications. The controls in this library display the patterns that are contained in Analysis Services mining models.

    Microsoft Windows PowerShell Extensions for SQL Server



    The Microsoft Windows PowerShell Extensions for SQL Server includes a provider and a set of cmdlets that enable administrators and developers to build PowerShell scripts for managing instances of SQL Server. The SQL Server PowerShell Provider delivers a simple mechanism for navigating SQL Server instances that is similar to file system paths. PowerShell scripts can then use the SQL Server Management Objects to administer the instances. The SQL Server cmdlets support operations such as executing Transact-SQL scripts or evaluating SQL Server policies.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Replication Management Objects

    The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Replication Management Objects package includes API for managing SQL Server 2008 replication objects programmatically. The Replication Management Objects package requires Windows Installer 4.5, Microsoft SQL Server Native Client 10.0, and the SQL Server 2008 Management Objects (SMO) Collection package.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 provides an intuitive report authoring environment for business and power users with a Microsoft Office look and feel. Report Builder 2.0 supports the full capabilities of Report Definition Language (RDL) including flexible data layout, data visualizations, and richly formatted text features of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. The download provides a stand-alone installer for Report Builder 2.0.


    Microsoft SQL Service Broker External Activator




    The Microsoft SQL Service Broker External Activator is distributed in the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack. It is an extension of the Internal Activation feature in SQL Server 2008 and lets you move the logic for receiving and processing Service Broker messages from the Database Engine service to an application executable that runs outside the Database Engine service. This can provide a higher level of scale-out performance by moving processing loads from the database server to another computer. The activation application process can also run under a different Windows account from the Database Engine process. This gives administrators additional control over the resources that the activation application can access. Run the self-extracting download package to create an installation folder. The single setup program will install the service on x86, x64, and IA64 computers. Read the documentation for more information.

    Microsoft SQLXML 4.0 SP1


    SQLXML enables XML support for your SQL Server Database. It allows developers to bridge the gap between XML and relational data. You can create XML View of your existing relational data and work with it as if it was an XML file. SQLXML allows you to:

    • Query relational database with XPath
    • Update relational data as if it was XML
    • Load XML into SQL Server
    • Query SQL Server OLEDB/ADO or .NET Framework Managed Classes


    Microsoft SQLXML 4.0 SP1 provides support for new SQL Server 2008 data types such as Date, Time, DateTime2 and DateTimeOffset.


    HeaKyung Park

    Program Manager

    SQL Server Release Services