SQL Server 2008 RTM!!!! Yeah Baby!!!!!


SQL Server 2008


From the most recent TechNet Flash:


The wait is over. SQL Server 2008 has been released and is ready to deliver a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data, such as query, search, synchronize, report, and analyze. Many of you have been evaluating the SQL Server 2008 betas, and may be ready to try out the RTM version. TechNet Plus subscribers can find RTM versions now available for download. Speaking of TechNet Plus, read Keith Combs’ Blahg for his take on the UI improvements for the newly revamped TechNet Plus Subscriber Downloads page.
TechNet Magazine recently published an overview of the key changes and what you can expect from SQL Server 2008. You can also get a rundown of the various editions and components of SQL Server 2008 and take part in SQL Server 2008 tutorials.
For more overview resources, check out:


SQL Server 2008 Videos


Webcasts: 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 for IT Professionals


Webcasts: 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 for Developers



If you are looking for assistance with SQL Server 2008 planning and installation, here are some helpful links:


Planning a SQL Server Installation


Installing SQL Server 2008


Quick Start Installation


Installation How-to Topics


Locating Previous Versions of SQL Server for SQL Server 2008 migration using Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit



Once you’ve installed SQL Server 2008, these resources can help you optimize your database environment:


Configuring SQL Server 2008


Database Engine Tuning Advisor Overview


System and Sample Databases



You can also find guidance for upgrading to SQL Server 2008 or migrating to SQL Server 2008. If you are upgrading, be sure to check out Using Upgrade Advisor to Prepare For Upgrades.
From our partners, you can find local partners offering SQL Server 2008 solutions or find training partners near you offering official Microsoft courses that will help you get certified on SQL Server 2008. In addition, you can search for local in-person events and online webcasts on SQL Server 2008.
And finally, from the August edition of TechNet Magazine, Paul Randal answers your SQL Server questions, showing you how to perform consistency checks, how to handle an accidental upgrade, and more in the SQL Q&A column.


Mitch Irsfeld
Editor, TechNet Flash

Comments (8)

  1. My colleague, Zain , has a great blog post with links on the what/why/when/where/how of SQL Server 2008

  2. As has widely been announced in the SQL Server community, SQL Server 2008 has RTM'ed. It's now

  3. I’ve been really looking forward to SQL Server 2008. Passing arrays as parameters to the stored procedures ought to yield a huge performance benefit in some cases. Sending a CSV string and manually parsing it isn’t very elegant.

  4. zainnab says:

    Me too, the enchancements are frickin awesome!

  5. Jeroen Landheer says:

    You know what’s weird? .Net 3.5 SP1 is included in the installation media of SQL 2008 (I have it here) but at this moment it has not been released to the web yet! I assume they did not include the beta release of this package with SQL Server 2008 RTM…

  6. Fred says:

    Not so fast my friend.  Don’t attempt to install SQL 2008 on a machine that also has VS 2008 SP1 (beta).  You’ll find out the hard way, like did on Friday, that you cannot install the most critical piece, SQL Management Studio.  Better wait until the "real" VS 2008 SP1 (rtm) comes out before touching SQL 2008.  Rumor says it’ll be out August 11, so it’s not like there’s a long time to wait.

  7. zainnab says:

    Sorry I just now got to this but looks like the problem has been solved as sp1 went RTM today.

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