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New SQL Server 2014 Logo Certification Program 

We are proud to announce the SQL Server Logo Certification Program, part of the Enterprise Cloud Application Logo Certification Programs announced in April. The program is designed to help application providers and ISV partners drive growth through recognition that their applications work with Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and global exposure in the Microsoft Pinpoint partner...

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SQL Server AlwaysOn Template in Azure Portal Now Supports Existing Domains and is Much Faster 

In August, we announced the SQL Server AlwaysOn Offering in the Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery. This offering fully automates the configuration of a highly available SQL Server deployment on Azure Infrastructure Services using AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Now, we have updated this offering with some exciting improvements. Namely, we have added support for using existing domains,...

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Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge 

Calling all data junkies! How smart are you?  Want to get smarter? Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher!  Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning of each 24...

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SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing 

Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1. Microsoft also announced today an additional preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service on Windows Azure that will be available in the...

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Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals 

The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following the keynotes, you’ll have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about...

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