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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Evaluation: Trial Experience for IT Professionals
Download SQL Server 2008 180-day Trial Software. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is a database platform for large-scale online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, and e-commerce applications; it is also a business intelligence platform for data analysis and reporting solutions.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Evaluation: Trial Experience for Developers
Download SQL Server 2008 180-day Trial Software. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is a database platform for large-scale online transaction processing (OLTP), data warehousing, and e-commerce applications; it is also a business intelligence platform for data analysis and reporting solutions.

MS SQL Server 2008 Free Evaluation Download
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (RTM)

Download and evaluate Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RTM Release for a 180 day period. For IT Professionals, developers and database administrators MS SQL Server 2008 final release evaluation download is a good chance to start using the latest features of MS SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Report Builder 2.0
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 provides an intuitive report authoring environment for business and power users. It supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. The download provides a stand-alone installer for Report Builder 2.0

Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007
You can download the Microsoft SQL Server Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 provides discovery and monitoring of SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008.

Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008
Cumulative Update 1 contains hotfixes for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 issues that have been fixed since the release of SQL Server 2008.
This build of the cumulative update package is also known as build 10.00.1763.00.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack, October 2008
You can download the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack, a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 provides an intuitive report authoring environment for business and power users. It supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services. The download provides a stand-alone installer for Report Builder 2.0

Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR September CTP
Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR September CTP
Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR implements support for SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation
The Microsoft SQL Server protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) that are implemented and used in Microsoft SQL Server to interoperate or communicate with Microsoft products.
The documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

Microsoft Connectors for Oracle and Teradata by Attunity
Download the SSIS Connectors for Oracle and Teradata that provide additional value for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2008.
Microsoft Connector for Oracle by Attunity - The Oracle source and destination components are written to achieve optimal performance when loading data into Oracle or unloading data from Oracle in the context of Microsoft SSIS.
Microsoft Connector for Teradata by Attunity - The components are written to achieve optimal performance when loading data into Teradata or unloading data from Teradata in the context of Microsoft SSIS.

.NET Rocks! - Thiago Silva on Reporting Services for SQL 2008
Carl and Richard talk to Thiago Silva (a software and business intelligence consultant) about the new features of Reporting Services for SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 RC1
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Report Builder 2.0 is an enhanced report authoring environment for power users supporting full capabilities of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools
Download free Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools that is including more features than Microsoft SQL Server 2008 for developing database applications.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services
Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services for free.

Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable
The Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package includes Windows Forms and ASP.NET Web server controls for viewing reports designed using Microsoft reporting technology.

SQL Server 2008 RC0
Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) and preview the latest features of SQL Server 2008! The SQL Server development team uses your feedback to help refine and enhance product features. Evaluate SQL Server 2008 RC0 today and send your feedback.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack RC0, June 2008
Download the June 2008 Feature Pack RC0 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008, a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 RC0 Release Notes
This Release Notes document contains information for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) that supplements the SQL Server 2008 RC0 Readme and Books Online documentation. This document describes behaviors that apply only to this release or that are not documented in this release of Books Online.

SQL Server 2008 RC0 Readme
The Readme document contains important information to read before installing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0).

SQL Server 2008 Books Online Release Candidate (RC0)
SQL Server 2008, the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, provides a comprehensive data platform. Books Online is the primary documentation for SQL Server 2008. Download a pre-release preview of Books Online for SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server 2008 Books Online
Download the Release Candidate (RC0) version of Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the primary documentation for SQL Server 2008 in different languages.

Microsoft� Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR July CTP.
Microsoft� Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR implements support for SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft� Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR June CTP
Microsoft� Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR implements support for SQL Server 2008.

Visual Studio 2005 Support for SQL Server 2008
This CTP enables developers to use Visual Studio 2005 for SQL Server 2008 RC0.

SQL Server Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies
The Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies is a Web download that provides features for running a report server within a larger deployment of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

SSMA 2008 for Sybase V4.0
Automates database migration from Sybase ASE to SQL Server 2008.

SSMA 2008 for Sybase PowerBuilder Applications v1.0
SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) 2008 for Sybase PowerBuilder Applications is a tool that cuts the effort, cost, and risk of migrating PowerBuilder Applications designed for Sybase to SQL Server 2008.

SSMA 2008 for Oracle V4.0
SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) 2008 for Oracle is a complete suite of tools that dramatically cuts the effort, cost, and risk of migrating from Oracle to SQL Server 2008.

SSMA 2008 for Access V4.0
Automates database migration from Access to SQL Server 2008.

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Feature Pack (x86)
This Update bundles the following features: Windows Server 2008 support, SQL Server 2008 support, enhanced support for sharing tape libraries and better tape utilization.

System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Feature Pack (x64)
This Update bundles the following features: Windows Server 2008 support, SQL Server 2008 support, enhanced support for sharing tape libraries and better tape utilization.

SQL Server 2008 Privacy Statement
Read the Privacy Statement document for Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft SQL Server Protocol Documentation
The Microsoft SQL Server protocol documentation provides technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft SQL Server 2008





Documents, Articles, Tutorials and Guides

Free Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Virtual Labs
SQL Server database administrators and SQL developers can test Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on a virtual lab environment to get familiar to new features and enhancements in SQL Server.

SQL Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard Feature Compare
SQL Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard Feature Compare is a downloadable pdf document where Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standart Editions are compared in details like :
Number of CPUs, Scalability and Performance
High Availability
Enterprise Security
Data Warehousing
Business Intelligence: Analysis Services, Data Mining, Integration Services, Reporting Services
Enterprise Manageability
Programmability

SQL Server 2008 Report Definition Language Specification
The goal of Report Definition Language (RDL) is to promote the interoperability of commercial reporting products by defining a common schema that allows interchange of report definitions. An important aspect to understand is that RDL is a schema definition, not a programmatic interface or protocol like HTTP or ODBC. RDL does not specify how report definitions are passed between applications or how reports are processed. Also, RDL is meant to be fully encapsulated; meaning that successfully interpreting an RDL document should not require any understanding of the source application.

SQL Server White Paper: SQL Server 2008 Compliance Guide
Organizations across the globe are being inundated with regulatory requirements. They also have a strong need to better manage their IT systems to ensure they are operating efficiently and staying secure. Microsoft is often asked to provide guidance and technology to assist organizations struggling with compliance. The SQL Server 2008 Compliance Guidance white paper was written to help organizations and individuals understand how to use the features of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 database software to address their compliance needs. This paper serves as an accompaniment to the SQL Server 2008 compliance software development kit (SDK), which provides sample code and guidance for understanding SQL Server 2008 compliance features and using them for developing solutions.
Note that this document has labs and sample files for download in order to gain hands-on experience on the topic

Virtualizing SQL Server 2008 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
A presentation from Microsoft on design and configure of SQL Server 2008 with High-Availability while leveraging the new features of Windows Server 2008 Clustering and Hyper-V virtualization. You will get an in-depth understanding of the new features in SQL Server 2008 high-availability and enhancements such as mirroring and much more.

Intergraph GeoMedia to Support Microsoft SQL Server 2008
This is a press release regarding Intergraph GeoMedia to Support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Spatial Enhancements

SQL Server 2008: Spatial Data
This is a very good stuff on SQL Server 2008 Spatial Data explained in a series of articles with samples by Jason Follas.

Delivering Location Intelligence with Spatial Data
A whitepaper from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 on Delivering Location Intelligence with Spatial Data

Microsoft e-Learning - Collection 6187: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008
This is a 3 hour online e-learning collection from Microsoft Learning for IT Professionals to learn about the new features in SQL Server 2008. Topics covered can be summarized under 3 sub titles; Enterprise Data Platform, Business Intelligence, and Database Development

Microsoft e-Learning - Clinic 6258: New Features Of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
This is an one hour self-paced course on the New Reporting Services Features in SQL Server 2008 like new Microsoft Report Designer, new tablix data region control, visualization enhancements introduced by charting and gauges.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of SQL Server 2008: Scale Your Business
In this webcast for MS SQL Server 2008, you will see how to take advantage of the latest hardware, such as 64-bit, hot add memory, CPU, as well as new software features of SQL Server 2008. You will learn how to speed up sql query processing with Partitioned Table Parallelism through backup and compression, and how to speed up SQL Server backup times and replication.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Plan Freezing with SQL Server 2008
As Microsoft SQL Server Developers, you will be able to prevent query plan regression after a server upgrade, use plan freezing to optimize query performance, and copy query plans between MS SQL Server 2008 servers after completing this virtual lab.

Why SQL Server 2008 is Great

Deployment Guide : SQL Server 2008 x64 On Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 on DELL Poweredge 2950






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