Announcing SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP

I know I have been remiss is posting here lately, and I do apologize for that. I will try to do a better job of posting here more frequently. But, that doesn’t mean we have not been busy! I’m pleased to announce that SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP has now been released and is…

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SQL Server 2008 Books Online Documentation Refresh 9 Now Available

I am pleased to announce the availability of Documentation Refresh 9 (DR9) of SQL Server 2008 Books Online in the MSDN and TechNet Library. To see a list of the latest updates, please see the topic “New and Updated Topics in SQL Server 2008 Books Online (29 June 2009)“. As mentioned previously in this blog in…

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 now released

I’m pleased to announce the release of the first Service Pack of SQL Server 2008 is now available. Service Pack 1 (SP1) focuses on essential updates only, primarily roll-ups of cumulative updates 1 to 3 and fixes to issues reported through the SQL Server community. SP1 eases deployment and management of Service Packs by introducing…

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SQL Server 2008 Books Online Release Cadence

The January 2009 update to the SQL Server 2008 Books Online has now been published to the MSDN Library, TechNet Library, and the Microsoft Download Center. The lists of new topics and updated topics with significant changes are available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd408738.aspx. Although this release has been published to MSDN, TechNet, and the Download Center, the…

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SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and Documentation Released

Hi everybody! here is a new Christmas present for you all — the release of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (SP3), and supporting documentation, including: SQL Server 2005 SP3 Download Updated SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack  Updated SQL Server 2005 Books Online for download on the Microsoft Download Center Updated SQL Server 2005 Books…

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SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide Now Available

I am pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide. This 490-page white paper 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…

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Announcing New Technology Page Design

The SQL Server Developer Center on MSDN and TechCenter on TechNet contain what are called “navigation pages” because their primary purpose is to navigate you to more information and resources. For example, one path you might take starting from the Developer Center home page is to click Versions under the home tab, then SQL Server…

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New SQL Server Videos from the Documentation team

Hi all, I am pleased to announce that the SQL Server User Education team has just published its first set of video content. You can find the initial eight videos in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc952928.aspx. We will publish more videos here over time as well. Feedback is very important, both positive (to let us know what we’re…

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SQL Server 2008 Books Online Now Available

I am very pleased to announce that SQL Server 2008 Books Online is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center in 11 languages. The final version of the documentation is now currently being published to the MSDN Library and TechNet Library, and should appear at those locations soon.   To read more about the…

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SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate Now Available!

We’re getting very close to the final release of SQL Server 2008, and I am pleased to inform you all that as of today the Release Candidate (RC0) version is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 RC0 is available in the following languages: Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese English French German Italian Japanese Korean Spanish…

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