CU8 now available for SQL Server 2005 SP2

Cumulative Update #8 is now available for SQL Server 2005 SP2 customers. CU8 includes: •    50 Resolved Issues •    39 Unique Customer Requests See the KB article for details: Note that Cumulative Updates are designed to correct only the problems described in the associated KB article. We recommend that customers apply CU packages only… Read more

24 Hours of SQL Server 2008

With so much news and information competing for attention, it’s easy to miss great opportunities to learn about SQL Server 2008. We recently created an extensive 24-hour video series for IT Pros and Developers that follows Contoso as it uses SQL Server 2008 and other Microsoft Data Platform technologies to expand their ability to manage… Read more

SQL Server 2008 tops TechEd 2008 IT Pro conference

On the heels of last week's successful TechEd 2008 for Developers, SQL Server 2008 was again well received at the second half of TechEd 2008 devoted to IT Pros. Over 8,786 customers, partners, press, and staff attended last the IT Pro week long event. Microsoft Senior VP of Server & Tools Bob Muglia kicked off… Read more

Pitney Bowes stamps SQL Server 2008

Pitney Bowes and Microsoft launched an awareness campaign that boasts collaborations and partnerships between our companies.  Murray Martin, President and CEO of Pitney Bowes, outlined several key initiatives (listed below), but one of particular interest is the new SQL Server 2008 commemorative stamp. Pitney Bowes has created a collector series of certified United States Postal™… Read more

SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available for Everyone

Today at TechEd 2008 in Orlando, Bob Muglia, Microsoft Vice President of Server and Tools, announced that SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has been made available for public download. As previously announced, RC0 marks the final public release before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year, so we encourage everyone to… Read more

SQL Server 2008 RC0 now available for subscribers

On the heels of TechEd 2008 for Developers ending on Friday, we are happy to announce that SQL Server 2008 RC0 has been made available for early download by MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. RC0 is the final step before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year. After logging into their respective accounts,… Read more

New logo for SQL Server® 2008

  The Microsoft branding team unveiled an official new logo for SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008. The new symbol portion of the logo (officially called “dynamic grid symbol”) is part of a larger branding strategy designed to help customers and partners distinguish server products in Microsoft’s overall product portfolio. Other goals for this new… Read more

'Beyond Heroes' – Behind the scenes with SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008

Developers were treated to a first hand look at what is possible using Microsoft’s Data Platform technologies. SQL Server 2008, the Microsoft Sync Framework and the new SQL Server Data Services cloud storage were featured in Bill Gate’s keynote on Tuesday. Technical Fellow, Dave Campbell, took the audience for a tour around a 3-part data… Read more

Microsoft Project Codename "Velocity" and Sync Framework News

Members of the SQL Server Data Programmability team were at TechEd Developers this week announcing news around the Microsoft Sync Framework and what we are calling Project “Velocity”.  Velocity is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable, high-performance applications. Velocity can be used to cache any type of data that is accessed frequently… Read more

Understanding the new approach to Service Packs

As we’ve previously written about on this blog, we will be releasing Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 in CY2008 following the release to manufacturing of SQL Server 2008. We’ve gotten some questions about the differences between Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and Hotfixes. The following blog entry from the SQL Server Release Services team… Read more