SQL Server 2008 R2 Release to Manufacturing

SQL Server 2008 R2 is here! Get to know the new features and capabilities like Application and Multi-server Management, PowerPivot, Master Data Services, Report Builder 3.0, StreamInsight! Microsoft, Dell, MaximumASP and PASS provide a free hosted demo environment on http://www.previewsqlserver.com/ for you to test SQL Server 2008 R2 with several interesting labs. The new opportunities…


Intel Itanium Processors – End of an Era

Today Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 will be last releases of our products with support for Intel Itanium Processors. http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2010/04/02/windows-server-2008-r2-to-phase-out-itanium.aspx Support  for shipped products continue as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy


SQL Server 2005 and 2008 Builds

Sometimes it is difficult to determine which fix is included in which SQL Server Service Pack, Cumulative Update or even build. There are a number of Knowledge Base Articles (KB) that list this very nicely. SQL 2005 builds released after SP2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937137 SQL 2005 builds released after SP3: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960598 SQL 2008 builds released after RTM:…


TechNet Event – Introduction to MDX with Chris Webb

16th March 2010 Registration  08:30, Seminar start 09:00, End 16:30 Location: Microsoft, Richtistrasse 3, 8304 Wallisellen Language: English If you want to get the most out of your Analysis Services cube it’s essential to know and understand MDX: you need to be able to write queries and calculations. This one-day seminar, aimed at those with…


SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP News

Beside that Gemini and Madison got their official product names, PowerPivot and Parallel Data Warehouse, there are also new components in the November CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2: StreamInsight and Master Data Services. You’ll find the Setup-files for those components in the root directory of the DVD/ISO-file. Master Data Services (MDS) Master Data Services…


What’s New for SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions

At the PASS summit, the Editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 were announced. Pricing was also announced. SQL Server 2008 R2 is planned for release in the first half of calendar year 2010 2 New Editions were announced: Datacenter and Parallel Data Warehouse Application and Multi-Server Management Support for up to 256 logical processors Backup…


SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP – What’s new for the DBA?

SQL Server 2008 R2 will be a BI-refresh (“Madison Overview”/”Gemini Overview”) and comes out as a Minor-Release (SQL Server Version 10.50). But there are several interesting features and topics which are interesting for DBAs. In this post I’ll list some options you can already test out in the actual August CTP. Additional enhancements will ship…


Swiss SQL Server Saturday – 19th September 2009 – Digicomp Academy (Zurich) – Free Event

Swiss SQL Server Saturday is an opportunity to connect with other Database and BI professionals to learn from Database, Application Development and BI experts about topics that you’ll immediately be able to put into use. With 15 great sessions covering topics from Silverlight to Datamining, Clustering to Performance Tuning, SSIS to Gemini you’ll find that…


SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Availability

Interested in what new features will be in SQL Server 2008 R2, or maybe you want to test your existing application? Today we announced that on from today, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP. If you are not a subscriber, you can download it from Wednesday 12…


Microsoft Connection Days

At five locations in Switzerland from 28 September up to 8. October 2009, Microsoft Connection Days (ex Partner Days), an event for Partners and IT professionals will be held. This year, Microsoft Partners and now IT Professionals will have the opportunity, under one roof, to network and make interesting contacts. Five IT professional topics will…