Ultimate guide for upgrading to SQL Server 2008

  Last week, our SQL Server engineering team in association with Solid Quality Mentors released an unprecedented 490-page free whitepaper called SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide that provides in-depth information on how to upgrade to SQL Server 2008. The guide can be downloaded from here, and the following is a listing of topics… Read more

Microsoft MSXML 4.0 SP3 Beta released to web for testing

Microsoft MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3) Beta has been released to the web for public testing. MSXML4 SP3 is a complete replacement of previous MSXML service packs. This SP3 update includes a number of security bug fixes and various reliability improvements. MSXML 4 SP3  is a Download Center only release and is applicable to… Read more

SQL Server 2005 SP2 Receives Common Criteria Certification at the Highest Level of Assurance

  Today, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2005 SP2 has received its Common Criteria certification. As published in late November by the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), the central IT security service provider for the German government based in Bonn, Germany, SQL Server 2005 SP2 received its certification at the Evaluation Assurance Level… Read more

Kilimanjaro to deliver Application and Multi-server Management

The PASS Summit Conference is in full swing here in Seattle. During Ted Kummert’s keynote at PASS, Microsoft announced future capabilities for application and multi-server management as part of the SQL Server code-name “Kilimanjaro” release. Customers are faced with challenges around managing physical resources, communication between developers and DBAs, and optimizing hardware as the number… Read more

SQL Server makes splash at DevConnections

In case you missed it, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio Team System 2008 and SQL Services were showcased at this year’s DevConnections in Las Vegas, NV last week. Britt Johnston, Product Unit Manager for SQL Server along with demos from Gert Drapers (Visual System Team System), Goldie Chaudhuri (Spatial features in SQL Server), Sean Boon… Read more

Chart Controls released in .Net Framework 3.5

Microsoft today announced the (out-of-band) release of the ASP.NET Chart Control for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.  The ASP.NET Chart Control is a free, full-featured chart control package which enables developers to easily add rich data visualization to ASP.NET and Windows Forms applications.  Acquired from Dundas Software, the industry leader in .NET charting solutions, the ASP.NET… Read more

Redmondmag.com goes inside SQL Server 2008

Don Kiely from Redmond Developer Magazine wrote an article entitled “Inside SQL Server 2008,” that highlights the new features of SQL Server 2008. The article is also featured on the cover of the November 2008 print edition of the publication. A quote from Don’s article reads, “SQL Server 2008 is not a fundamental rewrite of… Read more

New version of SQL Data Services part of “Azure” CTP

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicked off this week with a bang. We announced the availability of the latest version of SQL Data Services (SDS) (formerly SQL Server Data Services) as well as the SDK toolkit, as part of the Microsoft Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) Community Technology Preview (CTP). Also announced was the upcoming CTP… Read more

SQL Server 2005 SP3 Public CTP now available

SQL Server 2005 SP3 CTP is now available for public testing. Details SP3 CTP provides a roll-up of QFE work done since SP2, as well as addresses critical issues reported through the SQL Server community. Per revised servicing strategy for SQL Server releases, SP3 does not introduce new features. SP3 CTP applies to: SQL Server… Read more

SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Released

A collection of 26 free stand-alone tools, components and frameworks has been released. This collection is designed to enhance using and developing for SQL Server 2008 as well as other versions of SQL Server. The Feature Pack consists of the following: Microsoft ADOMD.NET ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft .NET Framework object model that enables software developers… Read more