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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Available as Community Preview

    Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008 includes product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Updates 1 to 4. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are available for download on the Microsoft Download Center...
  • Blog Post: Hadoop Connectors Coming for Parallel Data Warehouse, SQL Server

    Microsoft will soon release two new Hadoop connectors to help customers exploit the benefits of unstructured data in both SQL and non-SQL environments. Connectors will include: Hadoop to SQL Server Parallal Data Warehouse (PDW) for large data volumes. Hadoop to SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Ships

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1(SP1) is now available for download. Highlights in the new service pack include greater supportability in "dynamic management views," improved query performance through a "ForceSeek" feature, improved upgrades via Data-tier Application Component Framework, and better...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Author of Book on SQL Server Hardware Gives Decision-Making Tips

    A new book, SQL Server Hardware , tells you what you need to know about your hardware before you create your database. The book by Most Valued Professional Glenn Berry of Newsgator describes how you can determine your hardware requirements for SQL Server. Glenn shares his expertise gained at Newsgator...
  • Blog Post: Community Preview Announced for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack, Feature Pack

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP. Get the updates from: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: US Offer: Verify Your App Is Compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready, Get Microsoft Office Pro

    Verify your application compatible in Microsoft Platform Ready with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server Express, SQL Server 2008 R2 or Windows Azure between today and May 31, 2011 to receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010. In a few steps, you verify your...
  • Blog Post: New Management, Scalability Features Offered in SQL Server 2008 R2

    Redmond Developer magazine describes key features for developers with SQL Server 2008 R2 in SQL Server 2008 R2 for the Developer . Don Kiely explains that the R2 release leaves the core engine untouched from the previous version. He then describes the new SQL Server editions with the R2 release: Datacenter...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 CTP Available from Download

    You can now download the community preview of Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 . SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP contains the cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 SP1 cumulative update package 8, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Medical Records Software Migrated to SQL Server

    When AdvancedMD acquired their electronic medical records product, they standardized on SQL Server for their Software-as-a-Service product. Troy Young, Chief Architect at AdvancedMD, explains the decision to me in this video on Channel 9. AdvancedMD has been a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner for years...
  • Blog Post: How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

    Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 Supports PDO (PHP Data Objects)

    Microsoft is releasing a new technical bridge for PHP developers to SQL Server. It reduces the complexity of targeting multiple databases and will make it easier for PHP applications like Drupal 7 to interoperate smoothly with Microsoft’s SQL Server, versions 2005 and later. The announcement was made...
  • Blog Post: PHP Developers Get SDK for SQL Server Reporting Services

    A new software developer kit (SDK) helps PHP developers work get new business intelligence capabilities with a free SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP . The SDK works all editions of SQL Server including the free SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services edition, featuring the SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Aptify RAD, chat with Amith Nagarajan, CEO Aptify

    Video Link - Aptify RAD, chat with Amith Nagarajan, CEO Aptify Aptify Rapid Application Development (RAD) Platform provides the core technology that all Aptify business solutions use to extend end-users an unprecedented degree of flexibility. Aptify’s powerful software is built on leading technologies...
  • Blog Post: SteamInsight, Multi-Server Management Highlight SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Kit Update

    The update to the SQL Server 2008 R2 developer training kit is now available. The March 2010 Update 2 release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit which contains new modules for Application and Multi-Server Management (AMM) and StreamInsight . The training kit also highlights...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Improves Developer, User Experience

    New features in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services provide an improved developer and user experience. Developers can build reports in components and then use Report Builder to pull together the components into unique views. Datasets are cached externally from the report and are updated as the developer...
  • Blog Post: New Videos Show How to Migrate MySQL to SQL Server

    A new video series from MSDEV shows how you can migrate your database from MySQL to SQL Server. This migration workshop will guide you through the process of migrating MySQL databases to SQL Server 2008 R2. The focus will be on using tools such as the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) to solve...
  • Blog Post: MSDEV Introduces SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services

    In a new series of videos, MSDEV introduces Master Data Services (MDS) . This is a new SQL Server 2008 R2 component that will help your organization effectively manage master data in a centralized location. You can see the videos at An Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services . MSDEV...
  • Blog Post: Developer Training Kit Updated for SQL Server 2008 R2

    The March 2010 release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is now available. You can get the training kit from Microsoft Download Center at SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (March 2010 Update) . The kit contains videos, presentations, demos and hands-on-labs...
  • Blog Post: Free BI Developer Training Kit for SQL Server 2008 R2 Released

    The SQL Server Evangelism Team has released the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download center. Download the kit from SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit . You can download SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Preview...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 To Ship in May

    SQL Server 2008 R2 will be generally available in May. The release date was announced on Data Platform Insider blog . SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers several breakthrough capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations with confidence, improve IT and developer efficiency,...
  • Blog Post: Tool Eases Migration from MySQL to SQL Server

    A new tool enables you to migrate from MySQL database to SQL Server . A community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit....
  • Blog Post: New Video - Talking with NewsGator at PDC 2009

    Video link - Talking with NewsGator at PDC 2009 PDC 2009 was a great place to talk with our partners and learn about their excitement of working with Microsoft Technologies. In this video Glenn Berry of NewsGator Technologies talked to us about their work with Microsoft technologies as an RSS platform...
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