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Cloud data and AI services training roundup August 2018

To help you stay up to date on online training opportunities, we’re releasing a monthly list of the latest free Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sessions in one convenient post. SQL Server Build modern applications using the language of your choice, on-premises and in the cloud, now on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers. Prepare for...

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SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are reaching end of support. What’s next?

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 have had a tremendous run. But all good things come to an end, right? On July 9, 2019, Microsoft will end Extended Support, which means no more updates or support of any kind, potentially leaving you vulnerable to security and compliance issues. The good news is, you still have...

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Cloud data and AI services training roundup May 2018

To help you stay up to date on online training opportunities, we’re releasing a monthly list of the latest free Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sessions in one convenient post. SQL Database Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, fully managed relational cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility, so you can...

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Visualize geographic spatial data from SQL Server directly in Tableau 2018.1

This is a partner post authored with the Tableau team. As part of Microsoft’s open and flexible platform for data and analytics, we’re always excited when partners add features that will expand customer options and extend business functionality. Business intelligence partner Tableau has recently introduced enhancements that will make it easier for their users to...

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What’s new in SSMS 17.5: Data Discovery and Classification

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.5! Download SSMS 17.5 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.5 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available. In addition to enhancements and bug...

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Bring clarity to complex data with graph databases on SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2017, in addition to processing relational data, now fully integrates with graph database models, all on the same familiar system. This will bring clarity to the increasing amounts of data businesses generate every day. What’s the difference between graph and relational databases? Relational databases, like SQL Server, use foreign keys to manage relationships...

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Analysis Services Innovations in SQL Server 2017

This post was authored by Christian Wade, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) enables IT professionals to build semantic models over large, integrated managed datasets for end-user consumption. SSAS runs on Windows and is part of the larger suite of SQL Server’s BI offerings. SSAS 2017 brings a host of new...

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Try new SQL Server command line tools to generate T-SQL scripts and monitor Dynamic Management Views

This post was authored by Tara Raj and Vinson Yu, Program Managers – SQL Server Team We are excited to announce the public preview availability of two new command line tools for SQL Server: The mssql-scripter tool enables developers, DBAs, and sysadmins to generate CREATE and INSERT T-SQL scripts for database objects in SQL Server,...

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Graph Data Processing with SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database

SQL Server is trusted by many customers for enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads that store and process large volumes of data. Technologies like in-memory OLTP and columnstore have also helped our customers to improve application performance many times over. But when it comes to hierarchical data with complex relationships or data that share multiple relationships, users might...

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ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux Released

This post is authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft Hi all. We are delighted to share the Production Ready Release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux (Ubuntu, RedHat and SUSE). The new driver enables access to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL DW from any C/C++ application on Linux. Added...

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