Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update For Developers Training Kit January 2011 Update. This is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 R2 from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training.
The January 2011 update includes lots of great new content and several usability improvements. See below for more details on what’s new.
The easiest way to get started with the training kit is to download it, install it, open default.htm and browse the kit for the content that you are most interested in. Many of the presentations and demos in the training kit include a video that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the content. When you are ready for some hands-on experience, try installing one of the demos or hands-on labs. Each of them includes a configuration wizard that simplifies installation.
You can download the training kit now at the following URL:
This training kit is brought to you by the D&PE Platform Evangelism team. Thanks for your interest in developing Microsoft SQL Server based solutions!
This update includes a rich new set of content designed for developers who want to learn how to build their first Microsoft Business Intelligence solution with SQL Server 2008 R2. Microsoft BI solutions leverage your existing technology investments in .NET, SQL Server and Office to develop rich integrated reporting and analytics experiences that empower users to gain access to accurate, up-to-date information for better, more relevant decision making.
This content is a complete training course that contains eleven units covering all the key aspects of Microsoft BI solution development. You can find it by navigating to the Getting Started > BI Developers page. Here is a summary of what’s included:
Here is a breakdown of each unit and its associated content:
This update includes all of the content from the previous release. Here’s a quick summary of what is included:
This update features several usability improvements that we hope will make it easier to navigate and use the training kit: