Hi All,

SQL Server 2008 has just been released and is ready to deliver, allowing you to do more with your data, such as query, search, synchronise, report, and analyse. 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, we just launched a bunch of UI improvements, with 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


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 optimise 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.

Nick.