Archive for June, 2007

New SQL Server 2008 Self-paced Course from Microsoft


Microsoft has released a free online cource for SQL Server 2008. Check out the description below and try it…

In this clinic, you will learn about the new and enhanced features included in SQL Server 2008. You will explore the new data types and the data management features. Additionally, you will learn about the enhanced Integration Services, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services included in SQL Server 2008. This online clinic is composed of a rich multimedia experience.
To get the most out of this clinic, it is recommended that you have:

  • Knowledge of general SQL database concepts that are largely independent of a specific version of SQL Server.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 features.
  • Knowledge of deploying and upgrading database solutions.
  • Knowledge of how to solve performance issues related to SQL Server hardware.
  • Performed the job role of a SQL Server 2005 database administrator or database developer.
  • Product or technology experience in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005.

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Microsoft Surface…..COOL

Now that we are neer the weekend, check out Microsoft Surface…..

Check it out here

It’s cool, don’t you think…..
Have a nice weekend!

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SQL Server 2008 CTP Released

SQL Server 2008, the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, provides a comprehensive data platform that is more secure, reliable, manageable and scalable for your mission critical applications.

Read the full story at SQL Server Magazine

Download and read more from Microsoft

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TechNet Virtual Labs: Microsoft System Center Products

You are now able to test some of the Microsoft System Center Products in a virtual lab for free.

System Center is the Microsoft family of systems management products and solutions, focused on providing IT professionals with the tools and knowledge to help manage their IT infrastructure. In this series of Virtual Labs, see how Systems Management Server (SMS) and Operations Manager (MOM) help you ease operations, reduce troubleshooting time, and improve your planning capabilities.

Check out:

• Systems Center Essentials (SCE)
• System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM= SMSv4)
• Systems Management Server (SMS)
• Operations Manager (MOM)

Remember to read about System Requirements first

Virtual Labs can be found here

/Jens Ole

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SQL Server 2005 Books Online Released

Microsoft has released an updated version of SQL Server 2005 Books Online (MAY) a couple of days ago.

Download an updated version of Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Books Online is the primary documentation for SQL Server 2005. The May 2007 update to Books Online contains new material and fixes to documentation problems reported by customers after SQL Server 2005 was released. Refer to "New and Updated Books Online Topics" for a list of topics that are new or updated in this version. Topics with significant updates have a Change History table at the bottom of the topic that summarizes the changes. Beginning with the February 2007 update, SQL Server 2005 Books Online reflects product upgrades included in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Books Online includes the following types of information:

  • Setup and upgrade instructions.
  • Information about new features and backward compatibility.
  • Conceptual descriptions of the technologies and features in SQL Server 2005.
  • Procedural topics describing how to use the various features in SQL Server 2005.
  • Tutorials that guide you through common tasks.
  • Reference documentation for the graphical tools, command prompt utilities, programming languages, and application programming interfaces (APIs) that are supported by SQL Server 2005.
  • Descriptions of the sample databases and applications included with SQL Server 2005.

This update corrects technical inaccuracies in topics that describe the protection provided when you create database objects by using the WITH ENCRYPTION option.
The "Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2005" topic also includes additional support information for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Service Pack 2 on Windows XP Embedded Feature Pack 2007, and the Windows Embedded for Point of Service operating systems. Support for features that are enabled in SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition Service Pack 2 is also documented.

Download the new SQL Server 2005 Books Online here

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SCCM 2007 Release Candidate (RC) available for TAP customers (Revised)

The Release Candidate (RC) version 5790 of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 has been released. It is currently available through the Microsoft Connect site for TAP partners.

UPDATE: It seems that SCCM RC is ready in a few weeks, since the TAP build is NOT the actual RC build but a RC preview.

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Microsoft System Center: Designed for BIG…really really BIG

Meet the Microsoft System Center Family and discover what you can benefit from….

Benefits of Knowledge-Driven IT Management

System Center solutions capture and aggregate knowledge about your infrastructure, policies, processes, and best practices so your IT staff can build manageable systems and automate operations in order to reduce costs, improve application availability and enhance service delivery.

  • Fuel Productivity: Improve the productivity and efficiency of your IT environment by using built-in knowledge for managing your important platforms, applications, and workloads.
  • Enterprise-Strength Management: Achieve the enterprise-class reliability, scalability, and security necessary to manage the largest, most complex infrastructure.
  • Best Choice for Windows: System Center solutions provide best-of-class management of the Microsoft systems and applications your company has already implemented.
  • Foundation for Growth: Keep pace as your infrastructure grows and changes by taking advantage of the extensible architecture of the System Center family.

Read more here

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