I knew that there were a few course on SQL Server 2008 on the Microsoft training site:
- Course 2778A: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact—SQL
- Course 6231A: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database
- Course 6232A: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database
- Course 6234A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
- Course 6235A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services
- Course 6236A: Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Service
- Course 6158C: Updating Your SQL 2005 Skills to SQL Server 2008
- Course 6317: Upgrading Your SQL Server 2000 Skills to SQL Server 2008
and I like the idea of the last one as there are probably loads of SQL Server 2000 DBA contemplating jumping straight to SQL Server 2008.
However I was surprised to see that on the MS Learning site there is a further incentive for doing any one of them before 30th June – a free copy of SQL Server 2008 standard edition albeit a single CAL so you can continue to train on it.
If you need more than that like an operating system license to run it on or other parts of the Microsoft stack to interoperate with it then a TechNet subscription would be a good place to start. If you’re in the UK and haven’t got one but would like one e-mail me telling me why and I will see what I can do.