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  • Blog Post: Announcing SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP

    I know I have been remiss is posting here lately, and I do apologize for that. I will try to do a better job of posting here more frequently. But, that doesn't mean we have not been busy! I'm pleased to announce that SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP has now been released and is available to try out. ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Books Online Documentation Refresh 9 Now Available

    I am pleased to announce the availability of Documentation Refresh 9 (DR9) of SQL Server 2008 Books Online in the MSDN and TechNet Library. To see a list of the latest updates, please see the topic " New and Updated Topics in SQL Server 2008 Books Online (29 June 2009) ". As mentioned previously in...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 now released

    I'm pleased to announce the release of the first Service Pack of SQL Server 2008 is now available. Service Pack 1 (SP1) focuses on essential updates only, primarily roll-ups of cumulative updates 1 to 3 and fixes to issues reported through the SQL Server community. SP1 eases deployment and management...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Books Online Release Cadence

    The January 2009 update to the SQL Server 2008 Books Online has now been published to the MSDN Library, TechNet Library, and the Microsoft Download Center. The lists of new topics and updated topics with significant changes are available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd408738.aspx . ...
  • Blog Post: Using SQL Server 2008 Table-Valued Parameters (TVPs) from Access

    "Table-valued parameters (TVPs) in SQL Server 2008 provide an easy way to marshal multiple rows of data from a client application to SQL Server without requiring multiple round trips or special server-side logic for processing the data. TVPs come in handy when you want to code explicit transactions inside...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and Documentation Released

    Hi everybody! here is a new Christmas present for you all -- the release of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (SP3), and supporting documentation, including: SQL Server 2005 SP3 Download Updated SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack Updated SQL Server 2005 Books Online for download on the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide Now Available

    I am pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide . This 490-page white paper covers the essential phases and steps to upgrade existing instances of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 to SQL Server 2008 by using best practices. These include preparation tasks, upgrade...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server Videos from the Documentation team

    Hi all, I am pleased to announce that the SQL Server User Education team has just published its first set of video content. You can find the initial eight videos in the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc952928.aspx . We will publish more videos here over time as well. Feedback...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Books Online Now Available

    I am very pleased to announce that SQL Server 2008 Books Online is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center in 11 languages. The final version of the documentation is now currently being published to the MSDN Library and TechNet Library , and should appear at those locations soon...
  • Blog Post: Annotating SQL Server Books Online

    With Release Candidate (RC0) of SQL Server 2008, we have now enabled the Community Content feature on the SQL Server 2008 Books Online . This is the same feature that has been enabled on the SQL Server 2005 version of the documentation for about a year now. While not intended as a means to ask questions...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate Now Available!

    We're getting very close to the final release of SQL Server 2008, and I am pleased to inform you all that as of today the Release Candidate (RC0) version is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 RC0 is available in the following languages: Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese English...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP (May 2008) now released!

    Hi everybody! Just because we're very busy putting the finishing touches on the SQL Server 2008 documentation, doesn't mean that we stop releasing other things too! In fact, we just released the next Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of the SQL Server Driver for PHP. Documentation for this...
  • Blog Post: Tagging SQL Server documentation

    If you've ever happened to find a SQL Server documentation topic that you were looking for and wanted to be able to come back to it later, you very likely have created a Favorite or Bookmark to it. But if you do that very frequently, your list of Favorites will end up growing very large and it may become...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server 2008 Scoped Search Macro

    Awhile back, I wrote about a SQL Server 2005 Scoped Search Macro that uses Windows Live Search to help you narrow your search to just the SQL Server 2005 Books Online documentation and eliminate extranneous results from other sources. Now, we have created a new scoped Search macro that does the same...
  • Blog Post: Particpate in the SQL Server 2008 Bug Bash for a Chance to Win an X-Box

    As you all know, the next version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2008, is due to be released this year. We recently released the latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) version of SQL Server 2008 in February. A CTP release is very similar to what used to be known as a "Beta" release. Customers can download...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 February CTP Books Online Now Available

    Hi everybody, I realize it has been quite awhile since my last post, sorry about that. We on the SQL Server team have been very busy lately, with the joint SQL Server/Visual Studio/Windows Server Launch coming up next week. As part of that, we have been working on making improvements and updates to...
  • Blog Post: Localized SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.2 Released!

    Hi everybody, welcome back from the holidays. Hope you all are ready to jump back into the world of SQL Server content and documentation! We had one release over the holidays that may not have gotten much notice while folks were celebrating and taking vacation. Localized versions of the SQL Server 2005...
  • Blog Post: New Utilities for SQL Server Released

    The Microsoft SQL Server support team uses several internally-written utilities to make it easier to work on a typical customer support case. These utilities may also be useful to database developers and system administrators who work with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005. To learn...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Books Online -- latest release now available for download

    Well, it's been a long time coming. We finally got the technical issues resolved and have completed testing on the SQL Server 2005 Books Online release that we published to the MSDN and TechNet Libraries in September. The downloadable version is now available on the Microsoft Download Center at: http...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 CTP (November 2007) Available Now

    I am pleased to announce that the SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (CTP) for November 2007 is now available. The SQL Server development team uses your feedback to help refine and enhance product features. Download the CTP today and share your feedback. This CTP is available in two downloadable...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sync Framework CTP Is Live!

    Microsoft has now posted the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of Microsoft Sync Framework . Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform that enables collaboration and offline data access for applications, services and devices with support for any data type, any data store...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know? It's in the Books Online!

    For those of you who don't know Kalen Delaney, she is a longtime SQL Server expert. In fact, she wrote the book on the SQL Server Storage Engine . I recently came across Kalen's blog , and one post in particular that I wanted to share: Did You Know? It's in the Books Online! I wanted to crosslink...
  • Blog Post: Two New Releases for the Data Platform

    I am pleased to announce that two new releases for which the SQL Server User Education team provided documentation are now available. The first is the SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.2 , which is available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c47053eb-3b64-4794-950d...
  • Blog Post: Eliminate Extranneous Search Results

    Ever gone to a search engine like Google or Live Search, and noticed there is a lot of clutter in your search results, making it difficult to find the content you really need? Now, with the SQL Server 2005 Books Online Scoped Search Macro, you can filter out all pages from the Search except for those...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2000 Books Online Update Now Available for Download

    SQL Server 2000 Books Online was updated in June to correct technical inaccuracies that were found by customers in some topics. The June 2007 update was the first update to the SQL Server 2000 Books Online since 2004. Today localized versions of the Books Online are now also available. You can download...
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