SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 Now Available

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In late July, we released SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP3, the first public Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, which contained compatibility features for SQL Server 2012 to support self-service BI capabilities in Office and SharePoint 2013 Preview.  Today, we are excited to release SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 which contains additional supportability improvements that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. The following highlights a few key enhancements in CTP4:

  • A solution to migrate AlwaysOn Availability Group from a lower version of Windows
    Server cluster to a higher version of Windows Server cluster.
  • Selective XML Index which will improve querying performance over data stored as XML
  • For SQL Server 2012 Express users, SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express Edition will ship the SQL
    Server Management Studio with functionality that existed with the SQL Server
    Management Studio from SQL Server premium editions

For a more detailed list of improvements and fixes please read here [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb500435]

Customers running SQL Server 2012 can download and test the SP1 CTP4 and send feedback to Microsoft for continuous product improvement.  We look forward to your feedback!

SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=257796

SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 Express: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=257783

SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 Feature Pack: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=263965




Abhishek Sinha
Program Manager
SQL Server Release Services


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  • Where I can find and download the 2012 SQL server management studio? I tried both SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe and SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe Is there a stand alone Management Studio that I can download so I can do simple management of my database?

    Please do a quick search on the internet on how to find the 2012 sql server management studio and you will find I am not the only person who is having this issue.

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SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4 Now Available