System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 releases SP1 delivering enhanced support for SQL Server 2008

Service Pack 1 for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 has been released with new capabilities for protecting SQL Server, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. For SQL Server customers, SP1 adds support for mirrored databases as well as providing parallel backup support. The System Center team and SQL Server team within Microsoft work closely together… Read more

SQL Server 2008 web site update

We are happy to announce that the SQL Server 2008 web site has been updated with more quality product information. The refreshed web site includes new pages that better explain what SQL Server can do for you while providing better integration with technical articles and resources located on MSDN, TechNet and SQLCAT web sites. For… Read more

Free hosted SQL Server 2008 offer from Dell, MaximumASP and PASS

Dell, MaximumASP and the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) have partnered together to offer a free SQL Server 2008 account on a securely hosted environment. This offer allows anyone to try SQL Server 2008 today without downloading and installing the software. The free SQL Server 2008 hosted account supports: Hyper-V image Reporting Services Analysis… Read more

SQL Server 2005 SP3 now available for download

SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now available for download and includes the following updates: Roll-up of Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates completed since SQL Server 2005 SP2, as well as fixes to critical issues reported through the SQL Server community. Per revised servicing strategy for SQL Server releases, SP3 does not introduce major new features…. Read more

SQL Server’s Dave Campbell featured on ZDNet

  Mary-Jo Foley has started writing a multi-part series about Microsoft’s elite group of 22 Technical Fellows. Her latest article features Dave Campbell who is a Technical Fellow in SQL Server. Click here to read "Microsoft Big Brains: Dave Campbell" by Mary Jo Foley Additional Resources Dave Campbell delivers SQL Server demo during Bill Gates’… Read more

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