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  • Blog Post: And now for something completely different!

    For many years this blog has been about the great SQL Server samples which the SQL Server teams has brought to you. Today marks a change in the direction of this blog. For my readers interested in samples, thanks for hanging in there over the years and giving us great feedback. But my career has moved...
  • Blog Post: Code Samples for SQL Server 2008R2 November CTP available

    It is a delight to announce that SQL Server 2008R2 November CTP3 code samples are now posted to CodePlex at http://sqlserversamples.codeplex.com/ . The wiki pages have been updated to reflect the availability of the new sample code installers. These installers join the already released AdventureWorks...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) October 2009 Samples Refresh 3 Available

    SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) October 2009 Samples Refresh 3 is now available. SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) Product Samples Refresh 3 is now live at http://sqlserversamples.codeplex.com/ . There are numerous bug fixes and a new sample, RSPermissions which demonstrates how to write an application which manages...
  • Blog Post: New step-by-step instructions for installing sample databases

    The new sample database installers which shipped at the end of October 2008 greatly simplify the installation process for the sample databases. For one thing, there are only three installers to choose from instead of tens of installers. Just pick the install that is right for the architecture of the...
  • Blog Post: October 2008 SQL Server Samples Refresh

    We've completed an October refresh of the SQL Server 2008 samples ( http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples ). We've heard from you that the install experience for the databases was too complex and error prone. In this refresh we're providing a much simpler install experience with a lot fewer database installers...
  • Blog Post: Your feedback

    We're currently creating plans around SQL community and samples for the next 12 months. As we build these plans we want to make sure we're addressing the issues that matter to you. If you have any feedback on your experiences with our community programs or samples now would be a great time to send us...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Samples are here!

    SQL Server 2008 samples are now available at http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples . That's our portal page to many different product and community projects on CodePlex with samples for SQL Server. On the releases tab of the portal page you'll find installers for downloading all the code samples. If you...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 is here!

    Great news! SQL Server 2008 is now available for download for MSDN subscribers from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx . We're putting the finishing touches on the samples and should have updated installers available for you in the next few days. I'll blog again when...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 is here!

    SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has shipped! You can get RC0 from http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/trial-software.aspx . After you've installed SQL Server 2008, try out the latest batch of samples and sample databases at http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples . New for this release...
  • Blog Post: The AdventureWorks 2008 Family of Sample Databases

    There is a new AdventureWorks family of sample databases available for SQL Server 2008 February CTP at https://www.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=MSFTDBProdSamples . The AdventureWorks 2008 family of databases demonstrates some of the new features of SQL Server 2008. This family...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Samples February CTP now live at CodePlex!

    SQL Server 2008 February CTP is now live on http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/default.mspx . With this wonderful, feature packed CTP we also have some great companion samples and sample databases which you can find at our portal page: http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples . The readme for this sample...
  • Blog Post: FAQ Updated

    Have you ever had problems installing CLR samples or the Storefront sample because you get an error like the one below? Msg 15208, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 The certificate, asymmetric key, or private key file does not exist or has invalid format. If so you might want to check out the Samples...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 November CTP is here!

    SQL Server 2008 November CTP is here: http://connect.microsoft.com/sqlserver . A lot of cool features come online with this release. Maybe the most exciting for developers and DBAs alike with be the return of intellisense to SSMS! Other exciting features for developers include Filestream support and...
  • Blog Post: Take SQL Server 2008 July CTP for a spin

    SQL Server 2008 July CTP is now available at https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=5395 . The samples for the July CTP are available at http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples along with your favorite SQL Server 2005 SP2 samples. Some folks have been confused about how...
  • Blog Post: But wait, there's more!

    Today the next release of SQL Server was announced: SQL Server code name "Katmai" or SQL Server 2008. You can download the June 2007 CTP from here: https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=5395 . As always your humble samples team is on top of the situation and has Katmai...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2a Product Samples Released on CodePlex

    SQL Server 2005 SP2a Product Samples are now released on CodePlex ( http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples ). The only change from the previous release is that the sample installers now have a EULA which is consistent with the MS-PL license we have on CodePlex. See the license tab in each project for the...
  • Blog Post: A New Day for SQL Server Samples

    We’ve been discussing with customers and partners and with people inside Microsoft about how we can improve accessibility to the sample code, and move samples into a more community based approach. As a result of all these discussions, we’re moving to a new form of releasing samples, and a new way of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2 is Here!

    SQL Server 2005 SP2 released to the web today. You can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp2.mspx Note that the serivce pack does not update the samples. You'll need to download the updated samples separately from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e719ecf7-9f46...
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