Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012

ISVs are getting ready for the release of SQL Server 2012 by checking code to be sure it will support the new release. Microsoft provides tools that will help you in your testing. This article provides the steps you can take to be sure your application is customer-ready for SQL Server 2012. Customer Expectations For…

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Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone…

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Parallel Data Warehouse Adds Connection to BI Tools for Informatica, SAP Business Objects

Microsoft made several important announcements related to our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) offerings last week. Microsoft announced the release of Appliance Update 2 for PDW with new features and connectors to third party BI tools that enable customers to use PDW seamlessly in heterogeneous BI and ETL (Extract, Load and Transform) environments, in…

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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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Download the May 2011 Update of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

The May 2011 Update release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available for download at the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9710868 The May 2011 update is a maintenance release which provides support for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Visual Studio 2010 SP1. Additionally, any demos or hands-on…

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Roadmap — Next Preview of SQL Server ‘Denali’ Due This Summer

At Tech·Ed North America Microsoft announced that the next public community preview SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is expected in summer 2011. To be among the first to download the next public CTP, customers can pre-register at www.microsoft.com/sqlserver. Roadmap for SQL Server Codename ‘Denali’ SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is a cloud-ready information platform that…

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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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SQLInsights Update: Self-Service Reporting and Analytics Unit Available

This is the  eleventh and final unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights) on MSDN. This unit introduces the fundamentals of how to enable great self-service reporting and analytics The SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (SQLInsights) will help you learn how to build your first Microsoft…

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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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