Just to share with you a summary that I built with the news, publicly available, about SQL Server 2012 RC:

Official Release Information

SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate is now Available!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2011/11/17/sql-server-2012-release-candidate-is-now-available.aspx

Requirements & Specifications

Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/ms143506(v=SQL.110).aspx

Product Specifications for SQL Server 2012

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143287(v=SQL.110).aspx

What’s New

What's New in SQL Server 2012 RC 0

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3783.aspx

What's New in SQL Server Installation

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb500459(v=SQL.110).aspx

SQL Server 2012 : Changes to system objects in RC0

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/aaron_bertrand/archive/2011/11/18/sql-server-2012-changes-to-system-objects-in-rc0.aspx

Analysis Services

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/analysisservices/archive/2011/11/17/announcing-microsoft-sql-server-2012-release-candidate-0-rc0.aspx

What’s New In Power View

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robertbruckner/archive/2011/11/17/what-s-new-in-power-view.aspx

Power View (SSRS)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh213579(SQL.110).aspx

What’s New in SSIS for SQL Server 2012 RC0

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mattm/archive/2011/11/17/what-s-new-in-ssis-for-sql-server-2012-rc0.aspx

The Pivot Transform – Now with UI!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mattm/archive/2011/11/17/the-pivot-transform-now-with-ui.aspx

Downloads

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) - ISO

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28145

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Semantic Language Statistics RC0

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28148

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 RC0 End User License Agreements and Privacy Statement

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28146

SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Web Installer Preview

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=27721

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 PowerPivot® for Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28150

SQL Server 2012 RC0 and PowerPivot V2 RC0

http://www.cubido.at/blogs/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1481

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express RC0

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28151

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 RC0 Master Data Services Add-in For Microsoft® Excel®

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28149

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) Manageability Tool Kit

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28147

Samples

SQL Server Samples Readme

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/sql-server-samples-readme.aspx

BI Features

Install SQL Server 2012 BI Features

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh231681(v=SQL.110).aspx

Checklists for Installing BI Features

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh231668(v=SQL.110).aspx

ColumnStore

SQL Server Columnstore Index FAQ

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/sql-server-columnstore-index-faq.aspx

Columnstore Indexes

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg492088(v=SQL.110).aspx

SQL Server Columnstore Performance Tuning

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/sql-server-columnstore-performance-tuning.aspx

SSIS Manageability & Automation

SSIS and PowerShell in SQL Server 2012

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mattm/archive/2011/11/17/ssis-and-powershell-in-sql-server-2012.aspx

A Glimpse of the SSIS Catalog Managed Object Model

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mattm/archive/2011/07/26/overview-of-the-ssis-mom.aspx

SSIS T-SQL API Overview

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mattm/archive/2011/08/12/ssis-t-sql-api-overview.aspx

Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices Namespace

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.sqlserver.management.integrationservices(v=sql.110).aspx

Contained Databases

Contained Databases

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh534404.aspx

White-Papers (CTP3)

New Spatial Features in SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3

http://sqlcat.com/sqlcat/b/whitepapers/archive/2011/08/08/new-spatial-features-in-sql-server-code-named-denali-community-technology-preview-3.aspx

Extracting and Loading SharePoint Data in SQL Server Integration Services

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh368261.aspx

Issues

Solving security issue in PowerPivot for SharePoint and Power View

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/marco_russo/archive/2011/11/19/solving-security-issue-in-powerpivot-for-sharepoint-and-power-view.aspx

Information & Documentation

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC 0 Release Notes – Very Important to read before starting any Installation

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/microsoft-sql-server-2012-rc-0-release-notes.aspx

Books Online for SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC 0)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130214(v=sql.110).aspx

Tutorials for SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC 0)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh231699(v=sql.110).aspx

Developer Reference for SQL Server 2012

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd206988(v=SQL.110).aspx

Forums

Forums SQL Server (Pre-release)

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/sqlserverprerelease

Product Information (www.microsoft.com/sqlserver)

Mission Critical Confidence - Overview

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/SQL-Server-2012-mission-critical-confidence.aspx

High Availability

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/mission-critical/SQL-Server-2012-high-availability.aspx

Security & Compliance

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/mission-critical/SQL-Server-2012-security-and-compliance.aspx

Breakthrough Insight - Overview

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/SQL-Server-2012-breakthrough-insight.aspx

SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/business-intelligence/SQL-Server-2012-analysis-services.aspx

SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/business-intelligence/SQL-Server-2012-enterprise-information-management.aspx

SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/business-intelligence/SQL-Server-2012-reporting-services.aspx

Cloud On Your Terms - Overview

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/SQL-Server-2012-cloud-on-your-terms.aspx

SQL Server 2012 Cloud-Ready Information Platform

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/cloud-computing/SQL-Server-2012-cloud-ready-information-and-intelligence-platform.aspx

SQL Server 2012 Programmability

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/cloud-computing/SQL-Server-2012-programmability.aspx

Licensing & Editions

SQL Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet

http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/D/A5D112E1-78FF-491F-9364-F1BC6FAE7D57/SQL_Server_2012_Licensing_Datasheet_Nov2011.pdf

SQL Server 2012 Licensing

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/sql2012-licensing.aspx

SQL Server 2012 Editions

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/sql2012-editions.aspx

Resources Centers

Technet SQL Server 2012 Resource Center

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/denali_resource_center.aspx

Learning Center Resources

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/learning-center/resources.aspx

Codeplex

Microsoft SQL Server Community Samples: Integration Services

http://sqlsrvintegrationsrv.codeplex.com/

Microsoft SQL Server Database Product Samples

http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/

SQL Server Wallpaper

http://twitpic.com/7d7y08  - 1024 x 768

http://twitpic.com/7d7x8d  - 1280 x 800

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