Big Bad SQL Server for Small Innocent Businesses?

Though short, this article in PC World makes an important point: the PowerPivot feature in SQL Server 2008 R2 is incredibly valuable to small businesses. I mentioned in a previous post that in another “life”, in enterprise IT for a Fortune 10 company, I built a “BI” app using a SQL Server backend and pivot…


A quick word about upgrading from a CTP or Beta, or RC to the latest RTM product…

Just after a new release of SQL Server, I often get e-mails and calls from folks with this question: “Can I upgrade from Customer Technical Preview (CTP) x or Beta #x or Release Candidate (RC) to the “Released to Manufacturing” (RTM) version?” Unfortunately, no. Right up until the last minute, things are changing in the code…


Reviewing SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM

This past week we released SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing. This is a huge accomplishment for the team and our customers are anxious to get their hands on it. I came across one blog post that expressed disappointment that the only thing they could download was the evaluation edition – they couldn’t wait to…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Launches!

It’s here!  The latest version of SQL Server is out, and it’s a big release. This is an exciting time for us – this release is an “R2” – a first for SQL Server. No, it isn’t a service pack, and no, we didn’t change the product so much that it affects anything that you’ve…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Digital Tour

If you want to learn more about SQL Server 2008 R2 this collection of videos is a terrific resource. There’s one covering an overview of the release and subsequent videos that drill in to specific feature areas. Each video is between 3 and 6 minutes long. The site also contains links to other resources and…


Not Everyone is an Expert

I originally posted this on my blog but I think this audience might find it interesting. Yesterday I was having a conversation with the User Experience Program Manager on my team regarding two icons where one is supposed to represent an override of the other. It’s a deceptively simple problem. First, it seems there is…


SQL Server 2008 R2 Free Book from Microsoft Press

Ross Mistry, a noted author on many Microsoft topics, has his latest book out, and it’s on SQL Server 2008 R2. We’re able to make that available to you for free in electronic form – just go here to pick up your copy: http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_press/archive/2010/04/14/free-ebook-introducing-microsoft-sql-server-2008-r2.aspx


SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Tour Kicks-off on April 21st

One of the most exciting times in a product release cycle is when the launch festivities begin. In the product development team it means that we get to start the celebration! That is until we start work on the next release, which for us has already begun. The SQL PASS European conference in Neuss, Germany…