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  • Blog Post: Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012

    ISVs are getting ready for the release of SQL Server 2012 by checking code to be sure it will support the new release. Microsoft provides tools that will help you in your testing. This article provides the steps you can take to be sure your application is customer-ready for SQL Server 2012. Customer...
  • Blog Post: Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

    Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: ...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Data Warehouse Adds Connection to BI Tools for Informatica, SAP Business Objects

    Microsoft made several important announcements related to our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) offerings last week. Microsoft announced the release of Appliance Update 2 for PDW with new features and connectors to third party BI tools that enable customers to use PDW seamlessly in heterogeneous...
  • 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: Download the May 2011 Update of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

    The May 2011 Update release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available for download at the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9710868 The May 2011 update is a maintenance release which provides support for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Visual...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap -- Next Preview of SQL Server ‘Denali’ Due This Summer

    At Tech·Ed North America Microsoft announced that the next public community preview SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is expected in summer 2011. To be among the first to download the next public CTP, customers can pre-register at www.microsoft.com/sqlserver . Roadmap for SQL Server...
  • 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: SQLInsights Update: Self-Service Reporting and Analytics Unit Available

    This is the eleventh and final unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN. This unit introduces the fundamentals of how to enable great self-service reporting and analytics The SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (SQLInsights...
  • 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: SQL Server $50 Application Compatibility Offer (US Only)

    The first 400 eligible companies that verify a compatible SQL Server 2008 Express, SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 application on www.microsoftplatformready.com between April 25, 2011 and May 31, 2011 will receive a $50 USD American Express gift card. View Promotion Terms & Conditions . ...
  • 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: Tips, FAQ for Passing the SQL Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Platform Ready Test

    ISVs around the world are using the Microsoft Platform Ready test to certify their SQL Server applications. When you pass the test, you are through the first part of earning the ISV/Software Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, which provides cool benefits including Visual Studio Professional...
  • Blog Post: Create Great SQL Applications with Microsoft Platform Ready

    We’ve brought the entire SQL Server family into MPR, including SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 Express or SQL SQL Serve r 2008 R2.There's still the same great technical resources, training support and testing tools available, but now for the entire SQL Server family. Microsoft Platform Ready ...
  • Blog Post: New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

    The new System Center 2012 , announced at Microsoft Management Summit , will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies. ISVs are...
  • Blog Post: Build Your First Business Intelligence (BI) Solution with Update Developer Kit for SQL Server 2008 R2

    The SQL Server 2008 R2 developer training kit is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 improvements from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos that...
  • Blog Post: Terabytes Supported in SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse

    Microsoft announced SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 at TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas. Fast Track Data Warehouse is a set of Reference Architectures that help you reduce time to solution and cost. Fast Track also provides significantly increased performance and scale through pre-tested...
  • Blog Post: SQLInsights Update: New SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services Unit Now Available

    Today we published the third unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN designed to help developers learn how to develop an ETL process (extract, transform, load) with SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services. Developers use SSIS packages to populate...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit January 2011 Update Now Available

      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...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Plexipixel Creates HTML 5 Animations Online with Okapi

    Plexipixel developer Lisa Smith and designer Stephanie Newcomb talk with ISV Architect Evangelist Bruce Kyle about their work with Okapi, a Javascript framework that allows developers to create animation in HTML 5 online. See Plexipixel Creates HTML 5 Animations Online with Okapi . The site...
  • Blog Post: No-Cost, Online Test Tool Now Available Through Microsoft Platform Ready

    We've made application testing simpler and faster with a new, no-cost, online test tool available through Microsoft Platform Ready for the following technologies: Windows 7 Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Windows Azure Platform Microsoft Dynamics 2011 Microsoft Exchange Server 2010...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse Now Available

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse is now available. The announcement was made at PASS Summit 2010. Also announced a new Microsoft Critical Advantage Program, which provides an end-to-end experience across the complete life cycle of mission-critical appliances, such as SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel...
  • 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 Migration Assistant for MySQL Released

    SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit, others include Oracle, Sybase, Access, and an analyzer for PowerBuilder. The toolkits were designed to tackle the complex manual process customer’s deal with when migrating databases. In using the SQL Server Migration Assistants...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is Available for Download

    SQL Server 2008 R2 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2008. The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to take advantage of the key improvements introduced...
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