SQL Updates Newsletter - January 2015


Recent Releases and Announcements

·         Cumulative Update #14 for SQL Server 2012 SP1

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2015/01/21/cumulative-update-14-for-sql-server-2012-sp1.aspx

·         Cumulative Update #4 for SQL Server 2012 SP2

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2015/01/20/cumulative-update-4-for-sql-server-2012-sp2.aspx

·          SQL Release Services Blog

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/

·         Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2015

o        There is a critical Telnet update for this month:

o        https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-jan

·         Windows 10 Online event posted

o        Watch a demo of HoloLens, Surface Hub, and more!

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/blainbar/archive/2015/01/21/windows-10-online-event-going-on-now-tune-in.aspx

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/premier_developer/archive/2015/01/21/windows-10-the-new-generation-with-holograms.aspx

·         Current Windows Server 2012 / R2 & Windows 8 / 8.1 Update Rollups

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/chad/archive/2015/01/21/current-windows-server-2012-r2-amp-windows-8-8-1-update-rollups.aspx

·         Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 availability via WSUS

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/wsus/archive/2015/01/05/microsoft-net-framework-4-5-2-availability-via-wsus.aspx

·         Update for the Master Data Services (MDS) Excel add-in

o        This release includes a number of performance improvements – most users will see up to a 4x improvement when loading data from an MDS server, without any additional server or environment changes

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mds/archive/2015/01/06/update-for-the-master-data-services-mds-excel-add-in.aspx

·         SQL Server Column-Store for SAP BW: Status and Release Planning

o        SQL Server 2014 will be generally released by SAP soon. Once a customer has joined the TEA(Test, Evaluation and Assessment) program they can use SQL Server 2014 for the same database features and functionality that was available in the recent previous releases.

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/saponsqlserver/archive/2015/01/08/sql-server-column-store-for-sap-bw-status-and-release-planning.aspx

·         6 New Updates in Power Query

o        ODBC Connector

o        “From Azure” ribbon dropdown menu

o        Workbook Settings dialog

o        Option to enable or disable relationship detection

o        Column & Row counts in Query Editor Preview

o        Confirmation dialog to delete a query when deleting a worksheet

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/01/13/6-new-updates-in-power-query-january.aspx

·         Hello…..Azure Data Factory!

o        Microsoft introduced a new managed cloud service known as Azure Data Factory (ADF) to consume and process diverse data

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bluewatersql/archive/2015/01/26/hello-azure-data-factory.aspx

·         Updated MSDN Documentation for Azure SQL Database Row-Level Security

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlsecurity/archive/2015/01/30/updated-msdn-documentation-for-azure-sql-database-row-level-security.aspx

·         Power BI Announcement

o        Anyone with a US business email account can try the preview of the new Power BI for free

o        We’ll also introduce Power BI Pro, available at a low monthly price, with additional data capacity and features for the enterprise.

o        On February 1 we are lowering the price of our in-market Power BI service

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/01/27/power-bi-announcement.aspx

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/user_ed/archive/2015/01/28/power-bi-pricing-what-it-is-amp-what-it-will-be.aspx

·         Video - Check out the cool new Power BI service

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/machinelearning/archive/2015/01/29/video-microsoft-unveils-the-new-power-bi.aspx

·         Increasing Visibility for Our Customers: Announcing the Cloud Platform Roadmap Site

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/mackblog/archive/2015/01/31/increasing-visibility-for-our-customers-announcing-the-cloud-platform-roadmap-site.aspx

·         Start planning your upgrade to SQL Server 2014 - SQL Server 2005 is approaching end of its support

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/sqlman/archive/2015/01/19/start-planning-your-upgrade-to-sql-server-2014-sql-server-2005-is-approaching-end-of-its-support.aspx

·         Announcing the Women in Analytics blog

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/user_ed/archive/2015/01/20/women-in-analytics-what-the.aspx

·         New reference architecture has been released: Analytics over streaming data

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/querysimon/archive/2015/01/27/analytics-over-streaming-data-reference-architecture.aspx

·         Visual Studio Team moves source to GitHub and offers Visual Studio as part of the Github student developer pack

o        The GitHub Student Developer Pack is a new free offering for students

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2015/01/12/visual-studio-team-moves-source-to-github-and-offers-visual-studio-as-part-of-the-github-student-developer-pack.aspx

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/01/13/quick-news-free-tools-for-student-developers.aspx

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2015/01/12/microsoft-amp-github-free-tools-for-student-developers.aspx

·         Announcing the Windows Azure Proof of Concept Accelerator, a proactive service offered by Premier Support

o        Blends a traditional training workshop with a real project so that developers could immediately apply what they learned into a functional proof of concept

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/premier_developer/archive/2015/01/08/leverage-the-development-capabilities-in-the-cloud-faster.aspx

·         A first look at Power BI on the Office Mechanics show

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/01/28/power-bi-on-office-mechanics.aspx

·         Microsoft Azure adds world’s most powerful Virtual Machine available in the public cloud

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_developer_switzerland_news/archive/2015/01/14/microsoft-azure-adds-world-s-most-powerful-virtual-machine-available-in-the-public-cloud.aspx

·         Registration for Build is Open - Prepare for a Windows 10 Deep Dive!

o        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2015/01/22/registration-for-build-is-open-prepare-to-go-deep-with-windows-10.aspx

·         Announcing general availability of the latest update to Azure SQL Database, new SQL Database security features, more simplified automation for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines, and SQL Server on G-Series VMs

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2015/01/29/update-to-azure-sql.aspx

·         SQL Server AlwaysOn Template in Azure Portal Now Supports Existing Domains and is Much Faster

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2015/01/29/sql-server-alwayson-template-in-azure-portal-now-supports-existing-domains-and-is-much-faster.aspx

·         View the latest Microsoft datacenter tour video

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/blainbar/archive/2015/01/21/newest-datacenter-video-from-global-foundation-services.aspx

·         Microsoft to Acquire Revolution Analytics

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/machinelearning/archive/2015/01/23/microsoft-to-acquire-revolution-analytics.aspx

·         You are invited to participate in the Windows Server 2003 Modernization offering

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/ptsblog/archive/2015/01/14/you-are-invited-to-participate-in-the-windows-server-2003-modernization-offering.aspx#comments

·         New hybrid cloud test environments are now published

o        http://blogs.technet.com/b/solutions_advisory_board/archive/2015/01/15/closing-the-loop-new-hybrid-cloud-test-environments-are-now-published-based-on-your-feedback.aspx

·         Recent Whitepapers/E-books/Training:

o        Sample chapter: Using Windows PowerShell Remoting

§         http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/01/06/sample-chapter-using-windows-powershell-remoting.aspx

o        BA Marathon: Free Day of Online Analytics Learning Spotlights Power BI, Excel

§         http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/01/30/ba-marathon-free-day-of-online-analytics-learning-spotlights-power-bi-excel.aspx

o        [Webinar] Getting Started with Power BI

§         http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/archive/2015/01/29/webinar-getting-started-with-power-bi.aspx

o        New Year’s Resolution? Free BI and Big Data Training

§         http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2015/01/20/new-year-s-resolution-free-bi-and-big-data-training.aspx

o        Migration cookbook now available for the latest Azure SQL Database Update (V12)

§         http://blogs.technet.com/b/sqlman/archive/2015/01/28/migration-cookbook-now-available-for-the-latest-azure-sql-database-update-v12.aspx

o        Channel 9 Video on Azure Data Factory

§         http://blogs.technet.com/b/machinelearning/archive/2015/01/16/channel-9-video-on-azure-data-factory-transform-data-into-trusted-data-assets-at-scale.aspx

o        Azure Technical Training On-Demand at Microsoft Virtual Academy

§         http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2015/01/12/azure-technical-training-ondemand-at-microsoft-virtual-academy.aspx

Fany Carolina Vargas | SQL Dedicated Premier Field Engineer | Microsoft Services

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