SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Available as Community Preview

Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008 includes product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Updates 1 to 4. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center. The announcement was made at SQL…

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Hadoop Connectors Coming for Parallel Data Warehouse, SQL Server

Microsoft will soon release two new Hadoop connectors to help customers exploit the benefits of unstructured data in both SQL and non-SQL environments. Connectors will include: Hadoop to SQL Server Parallal Data Warehouse (PDW) for large data volumes. Hadoop to SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server ‘Denali’ software. Microsoft brings over a decade of…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Ships

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1(SP1) is now available for download. Highlights in the new service pack include greater supportability in “dynamic management views,” improved query performance through a “ForceSeek” feature, improved upgrades via Data-tier Application Component Framework, and better disk space control for Excel’s PowerPivot. For more information, see the SQL Team Blog…

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ISV Video: Author of Book on SQL Server Hardware Gives Decision-Making Tips

A new book, SQL Server Hardware, tells you what you need to know about your hardware before you create your database. The book by Most Valued Professional Glenn Berry of Newsgator describes how you can determine your hardware requirements for SQL Server. Glenn shares his expertise gained at Newsgator with ISV Architect Evangelist Bruce Kyle…

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Community Preview Announced for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack, Feature Pack

SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP. Get the updates from: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Community Technology Preview Microsoft®…

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US Offer: Verify Your App Is Compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready, Get Microsoft Office Pro

Verify your application compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server Express, SQL Server 2008 R2 or Windows Azure between today and May 31, 2011 to receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010. In a few steps, you verify your application is compatible and…

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New Management, Scalability Features Offered in SQL Server 2008 R2

Redmond Developer magazine describes key features for developers with SQL Server 2008 R2 in SQL Server 2008 R2 for the Developer. Don Kiely explains that the R2 release leaves the core engine untouched from the previous version. He then describes the new SQL Server editions with the R2 release: Datacenter for the biggest and most…

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 CTP Available from Download

You can now download the community preview of Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008. SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP contains the cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 SP1 cumulative update package 8, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability enhancements and issues that have…

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ISV Video: Medical Records Software Migrated to SQL Server

When AdvancedMD acquired their electronic medical records product, they standardized on SQL Server for their Software-as-a-Service product. Troy Young, Chief Architect at AdvancedMD, explains the decision to me in this video on Channel 9. AdvancedMD has been a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner for years. AdvancedMD leverages their existing ITPro staff knowledge and used Microsoft tools…

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How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released as part of the Windows Azure Platform. Everything You Need to Know About Azure…

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