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7 New SQL Server 2008 Technical Articles 

The following are 7 new deep technical articles focused on SQL Server 2008: Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 There is considerable evidence that successful data warehousing projects often produce a very high return on investment. Over the years a great deal of information has been collected about the factors that...Read more

SQL Server 2008 Available on August Price List 

 Today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, we announced that SQL Server 2008 will be on the August price list.  This means that customers and partners will soon be able to place their orders for SQL Server 2008 as we get ready to RTM in Q3 of this year.  The whole SQL Server team...Read more

Free DTS Packages Migration Webinar on July 15th, 2008 

Join SQL Server MVP and SSIS author Brian Knight to discuss the strategies of upgrading DTS packages to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). The free session will showcase an actual DTS package conversion using DTS xChange and other strategies.  DTS xChange provides automated DTS to SSIS migration technology for complete SQL Server 2005 upgrades. The...Read more

New tools enhance SQL Server security 

In collaboration with SQL Server, IIS, and Hewlett Packard, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) announced a set of tools that customers can use to defend against SQL injection attacks on their ASP websites and identify and mitigate root ASP code vulnerabilities. These tools are available through Microsoft Security Advisory 954462. These tools provides customers...Read more

Microsoft prepares to grow IT Pro communities worldwide 

Microsoft has a deep commitment to growing and nurturing communities organized around supporting users of our products and technologies. Several popular not-for-profit Microsoft technical communities include INETA for developers, PASS for SQL Server users and Culminis for IT Pros. SQL Server users and enthusiasts will be happy to learn that Microsoft has announced a major...Read more

CU8 now available for SQL Server 2005 SP2 

Cumulative Update #8 is now available for SQL Server 2005 SP2 customers. CU8 includes: •    50 Resolved Issues •    39 Unique Customer Requests See the KB article for details: Note that Cumulative Updates are designed to correct only the problems described in the associated KB article. We recommend that customers apply CU packages only...Read more

24 Hours of SQL Server 2008 

With so much news and information competing for attention, it’s easy to miss great opportunities to learn about SQL Server 2008. We recently created an extensive 24-hour video series for IT Pros and Developers that follows Contoso as it uses SQL Server 2008 and other Microsoft Data Platform technologies to expand their ability to manage...Read more

SQL Server 2008 tops TechEd 2008 IT Pro conference 

On the heels of last week’s successful TechEd 2008 for Developers, SQL Server 2008 was again well received at the second half of TechEd 2008 devoted to IT Pros. Over 8,786 customers, partners, press, and staff attended last the IT Pro week long event. Microsoft Senior VP of Server & Tools Bob Muglia kicked off...Read more

Pitney Bowes stamps SQL Server 2008 

Pitney Bowes and Microsoft launched an awareness campaign that boasts collaborations and partnerships between our companies.  Murray Martin, President and CEO of Pitney Bowes, outlined several key initiatives (listed below), but one of particular interest is the new SQL Server 2008 commemorative stamp. Pitney Bowes has created a collector series of certified United States Postal™...Read more

SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available for Everyone 

Today at TechEd 2008 in Orlando, Bob Muglia, Microsoft Vice President of Server and Tools, announced that SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has been made available for public download. As previously announced, RC0 marks the final public release before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year, so we encourage everyone to...Read more

SQL Server 2008 RC0 now available for subscribers 

On the heels of TechEd 2008 for Developers ending on Friday, we are happy to announce that SQL Server 2008 RC0 has been made available for early download by MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. RC0 is the final step before SQL Server 2008 RTMs in Q3 of this year. After logging into their respective accounts,...Read more

New logo for SQL Server® 2008 

  The Microsoft branding team unveiled an official new logo for SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008. The new symbol portion of the logo (officially called “dynamic grid symbol”) is part of a larger branding strategy designed to help customers and partners distinguish server products in Microsoft’s overall product portfolio. Other goals for this new...Read more