Hi All,

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.

Nick.