Hi All,

Here is  a listing of FREE training opportunities for SQL 2008. Before going into the training details I wanted to make sure that you are aware of this upcoming SQL event, PASS Community Summit 2008, early bird registration is in progress.

PASS Community Summit 2008

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http://summit2008.sqlpass.org/

Overview Demo

http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/overviewdemo/

Virtual Labs

Test drive Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and see how it can provide a scalable, high-performance database engine for mission-critical applications that require the highest levels of availability and security. Virtual labs are simple with no complex setup or installation required. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Authoring Reports Using SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services

TechNet Virtual Lab: Data Mining with SQL Server 2008

TechNet Virtual Lab: Implementing Change Data Capture (CDC) in SQL Server 2008

TechNet Virtual Lab: Learn How to Build Occasionally Connected Applications with SQL Server 2008

TechNet Virtual Lab: Partition Processing for DW

TechNet Virtual Lab: Plan Freezing with SQL Server 2008

TechNet Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services: Delivering Analysis Services capabilities through Microsoft Office

TechNet Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2008 Policy-Based Management

TechNet Virtual Lab: SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services: Managing the Report Services Infrastructure

TechNet Virtual Lab: SQL Server Analysis Services: Build and Extending Analysis Services Solutions

TechNet Virtual Lab: SQL Server Analysis Services: Managing Analysis Services Solutions

TechNet Virtual Lab: Using Performance Studio in SQL Server 2008

TechNet Virtual Lab: Using SQL Server 2008 Resource Governor for Predictable Performance

TechNet Virtual Lab: What's new in SQL Server 2008 for Database Administrators

TechNet Virtual Lab: Working with the new DATE data type in SQL Server 2008

Webcasts: Live and On-Demand

Watch a webcast and get ready for the next release of Microsoft SQL Server. Tune in and see how SQL Server 2008 allows you to manage, monitor, secure, and optimize consolidated data systems effectively. We show you how to consolidate servers with multiple databases, consolidate data services through virtualization, and migrate databases easily. Also, learn how SQL Server 2008 provides a scalable infrastructure that can manage reports and analysis of any size and complexity, while making it easier for your users to access information.

· 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetsqlserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42585

· Business Intelligence (BI): http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetsqlserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42568

· Data Warehousing: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetsqlserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42569

· Mission-Critical Applications for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP): http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetsqlserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42570

Podcasts

Learn more about Microsoft SQL Server 2008 whenever and wherever you want. Stream or download these audio podcasts on to your favorite podcast software or mobile device, and quickly and easily access content with RSS feeds. These podcasts are free and do not require registration—just click, listen, and learn.

TechNet Radio: A Look Inside SQL CAT (Customer Advisory Team)

Original Air Date: March 25, 2008

WMA (8MB) | MP3 (11MB)

TechNet Radio: SQL Server 2008 (Part 1 of 2): Security and Availability

Original Air Date: March 4, 2008

WMA (6MB) | MP3 (9MB)

TechNet Radio: SQL Server 2008 Part 2 of 2: Management, Troubleshooting and Throttling

Original Air Date: March 11, 2008

WMA (9MB) | MP3 (13MB)

More podcasts here

MP3: http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/en/BMO-PODCAST/TechNet_SQL_Server_MP3.xml

WMA: http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/en/BMO-PODCAST/TechNet_SQL_Server_WMA.xml

Free e-book: Introducing SQL Server 2008

http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urss1q2we6

Free e-learning offers

Collection 6187: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (includes three free clinics):

Clinic 6188: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for Enterprise Data Platform

Clinic 6189: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for Business Intelligence

Clinic 6190: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for Database Development

Clinic 6258 AE: New Features of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. This clinic provides a quick preview to developers, administrators, and users the key benefits of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services and features of Reporting Services in Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Nick.