SQL SERVER – Download SQL Server 2014 CTP2 and Related Downloads

SQL Server 2014 CTP2 was announced quite a while ago. I still see very few people working on it or writing about it. There can be many reasons for not attempting to start with SQL Server 2014 but the reality is that it is coming in the next few months and it will be here before we know it. Today is December 1, 2013 and in one month we will be in the year 2014. SQL Server 2014’s release cycle will announce its GA very soon and if we have not started with SQL Server 2014 we will be a bit late for sure. Here are few of the downloads related to SQL Server 2014.

Feel free to download them and experiment with SQL Server 2014.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database, including in-memory OLTP, which complements our existing in-memory data warehousing and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market. SQL Server 2014 also provides new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and help you unlock new hybrid scenarios.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
Installs the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Data Tools Business Intelligence project templates for Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services.

Microsoft Data-Tier Application Framework for SQL Server 2014 CTP2
The Microsoft Data-Tier Application Framework for SQL Server 2014 CTP2 provides application lifecycle services for database development and management.

Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014CTP2
SQL Server Data Tools provides an integrated environment for database developers to carry out all their database design work for any SQL Serverplatform within Visual Studio.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Product Guide
Download the datasheets, white papers and technical presentations that will help you evaluate Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
The SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint technologies allows you to integrate Reporting Services features with the collaborative SharePoint experience.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 PowerPivot for Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013, CTP2 extends SharePoint Server 2013 to add server-side data refresh processing, collaboration, and management support for PowerPivot workbooks.

Here is the question for you – Have you installed SQL Server 2014 CTP R2?

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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SQL SERVER – 2014 CTP1 Available for Download – SQL SERVER 2014 Community Technology Preview 1

Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 available to download at TechEd Europe.

You can download SQL Server 2014 CTP1 from here. Additionally, there is in depth documentation of the product in the Product Guide over here.

In this blog post I have in depth discussed what are the salient features which I was looking forward in the new version.

  • Always On supports now 8 secondaries instead of 4
  • Online Indexing at partition level – this is a good thing as now index rebuilding can be done at a partition level
  • Statistics at the partition level – this will be a huge improvement in performance
  • In-Memory OLTP works by providing in-application memory storage for the most often used tables in SQL Server.
  • Columnstore Index can be updated – I just can’t wait for this feature (Columnstore Index)
  • Resource Governor can control IO along with CPU and Memory
  • Increase performance by extending SQL Server in-memory buffer pool to SSDs
  • Backup to Azure Storage

You can read about the new features of the SQL Server 2014 in the following links:

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Evaluate the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 August Community Technology Preview (CTP)

SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008 to help your organization scale with confidence and improve IT and developer efficiency with new and enhanced tools for application and multi-server management, master data services and complex event processing. The new Self Service BI capabilities will empower end users to access, integrate, analyze and share information using business intelligence tools they already know – Microsoft Office.

The August Customer Technology Preview (CTP) includes Application and Multi-server Management which will help organizations manage database environments efficiently at scale with increased visibility and control across the application lifecycle. The Fall 2009 CTP will include the remaining SQL Server 2008 R2 features including Master Data Services and Self Service Business Intelligence capabilities delivered in SQL Server Reporting Services and Project “Gemini”.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee315247.aspx

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Download – Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR September CTP

In addition to providing support for SQL Server 2008 database projects, this release incorporates many previously released Power Tools as well as several new features. The new features include distinct Build and Deploy phases, Static Code Analysis and improved integration with SQL CLR projects. Database Edition no longer requires a Design Database. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to install an instance of SQL Express or SQL Server prior to using Database Edition.

Download Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR September CTP

Abstract courtesy : Microsoft

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQL SERVER – 2008 – November CPT5 New Improvement

The progress map of SQL Server 2008 is diagrammatically listed here.

I am listing the new improvements here as list.

  • Data Collection and Performance Warehouse for Relational Engine
  • Service Broker Enhancements
  • Registered Servers Enhancements
  • Synchronous net-changes change tracking for SQL Server
  • T-SQL IntelliSense
  • Declarative Management Framework (DMF) Enhancements
  • Geo-spatial Support
  • Analysis Services Query and Writeback Performance
  • Robust Report Server Platform
  • Integration Services – Lookup Enhancements
  • Analysis Services MDX Query Optimizer – Block Computation
  • Analysis Services Aggregation Design
  • Analysis Services Cube Design
  • Reporting Services Scale Engine
  • Transparent Data Encryption
  • Resource Governor – Limit Specification
  • Backup Compression
  • Plan Freezing
  • Fully Parallel Plans Scale on Partitioned Tables

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com) , Microsoft SQL Server 2008 CPT5

SQLAuthority News – SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (CTP) Download Now Available

Download the latest SQL Server 2008 Community Technology Preview (CTP) and try out the latest features of SQL Server 2008! The SQL Server development team uses your CTP feedback to help refine and enhance product features. Download it today and send your feedback.

Microsoft 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, while enabling developers to create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, and enabling all your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights.

Download Link

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)