August CTP of SQL Server 2008 Available for Download
Article by George Norman
On 11 Aug 2009
The first CTP (Community Technical Preview) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 has been released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers at the start of the week. But MSDN and TechNet subscribers only have a couple of days head start as the CTP will become available to the general public tomorrow, the 12th of August, 2009.

“We are excited to announce the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with the CTP generally available on Wednesday. Building on the momentum of SQL Server 2008, “R2” improves IT efficiency by reducing the time and cost of developing and managing applications; empowers end users to make better decisions through Self-Service Business Intelligence and enables organizations to scale with confidence by providing high levels of reliability, security and scalability for business critical applications,” explained the SQL Server team.

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If you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber you can download the August CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 on the dedicated web portals here and here. If you are not a subscriber, you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow – then you will be able to download the software here (link to the SQL Server 2008 R2 official site, the actual download link has not gone public just yet). UPDATE: the link to the public download here .

Here are the pre-release features you can expect to get from of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP:
Application and Multi-server Management – helps DBAs manage database environments in a proactive manner (resource consumption centralized visibility, streamlined consolidation and upgrades across the application lifecycle, new wizards for setting up multi-server management environments, and so on).
SMP scale up with support for up to 256 logical processors
Report Builder 3.0 with support for geospatial visualization – end users are provided with intuitive report authoring capabilities.

It should be noted that this is the first CTP of QL Server 2008 R2, but not the last. The SQL Server team again: “[This] is only the first in a string of CTPs launching this month. In the coming weeks we’ll also launch CTPs for low latency complex event processing now called StreamInsight, the first CTP for SQL Azure Database, a limited preview of Project “Gemini” Excel and SharePoint add-ins and a private technology preview of Project Madison, Microsoft’s massively scalable data warehousing solution, with a select group of customers.”



Tags: Microsoft, SQL Server 2008 R2, CTP, Community Technical Preview, MSDN, TechNet
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