PowerPivot (NOV CTP) for Excel 2010 (Beta) Now Available

SQL Server PowerPivot is an innovative data analysis technology that redefines how organizations apply and succeed with BI. IT managers can deliver corporate BI solutions and also establish a managed BI collaboration environment that gives business users the power to get the answers they need to make decisions on their own, facilitates information sharing and…


SQL Server 2008 R2 – November CTP now Available

The November CTP download is available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The public download is available here. The Data Platform Insider blog provides an overview of what’s new in CTP release for SQL Server 2008 R2.


Top Tips for Effective Database Maintenance

Many of you new SQL Server DBAs may be wondering what are the things to lookout for to effectively maintain a production SQL Server database. Paul Randal has written an excellent article on this very topic, and it covers the following points: Managing data and transaction log files Eliminating index fragmentation Ensuring accurate, up-to-date statistics…


SQL Pass Announcements – New SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions

Two new premium editions in SQL Server 2008 R2 SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Built on SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter delivers a high-performing data platform that provides the highest levels of scalability for large application workloads, virtualization and consolidation, and management for an organization’s database infrastructure. Datacenter helps enable…