Pitney Bowes stamps SQL Server 2008 

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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….Read more

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SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available for Everyone 

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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

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SQL Server 2008 RC0 now available for subscribers 

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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

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New logo for SQL Server® 2008 

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  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

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‘Beyond Heroes’ – Behind the scenes with SQL Server 2008 at TechEd 2008 

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Developers were treated to a first hand look at what is possible using Microsoft’s Data Platform technologies. SQL Server 2008, the Microsoft Sync Framework and the new SQL Server Data Services cloud storage were featured in Bill Gate’s keynote on Tuesday. Technical Fellow, Dave Campbell, took the audience for a tour around a 3-part data…Read more

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Microsoft Project Codename “Velocity” and Sync Framework News 

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Members of the SQL Server Data Programmability team were at TechEd Developers this week announcing news around the Microsoft Sync Framework and what we are calling Project “Velocity”.  Velocity is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable, high-performance applications. Velocity can be used to cache any type of data that is accessed frequently…Read more

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Understanding the new approach to Service Packs 

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As we’ve previously written about on this blog, we will be releasing Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 in CY2008 following the release to manufacturing of SQL Server 2008. We’ve gotten some questions about the differences between Service Packs, Cumulative Updates and Hotfixes. The following blog entry from the SQL Server Release Services team…Read more

David DeWitt joins the SQL Server team 

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I’m happy to report that Dr. David DeWitt, one of the top minds in the database field, has joined Microsoft as a Technical Fellow. David is tasked with starting up a new advanced development lab in partnership with the University of Wisconsin- Madison – the Jim Gray Systems Lab. The naming of the lab is…Read more

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SQL Server 2005 – Cumulative Update 7 released 

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This Cumulative Update 7 contains hotfixes for SQL Server 2005 issues that have been fixed since the release of Service Pack 2. Learn more: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949095/en-us SQL Server Release Services blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/…Read more

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SQL Server 2005 SP3 – coming soon 

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Over the last year we have successfully established the Incremental Servicing Model (ISM), which has to date delivered 7 cumulative updates (CU) to our customers, in regular 8 week intervals. We’ve heard feedback from customers of the need for a third service pack for SQL Server 2005. I’m happy to inform you that we will…Read more

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Files, BLOBs, NTFS and SQL Server 2008 – Age old database dilemma solved! 

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One of the most exciting new features in SQL Server 2008 is the ability to store files and BLOBs directly in the file system, while maintaining transactional consistency with a SQL Server 2008 database. SQL Server 2008’s new FILESTREAM attribute for VARBINARY data type solves the age old dilemma facing developers and IT Pros: Is…Read more

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Unbreakable? 

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Oracle recently released their latest Critical Patch Update which fixes vulnerabilities “in hundreds of Oracle products”. From a database perspective: it fixes 17 database vulnerabilities, two of them that can be exploited remotely without authentication. There are vulnerabilities in many of their modules, from the core RDBMS to the options like Spatial and Auditing. Seeing…Read more

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