SQL Server 2008 November CTP

The SQL Server team has shipped the November CTP for SQL Server 2008. Of all the upcoming Microsoft releases (Visual Studio, Vista SP1, Longhorn, etc) I am most interested in this one. I think the SQL Server team does a good job delivering solid functional products.

SQL Server 2008 Download and Details

As you may already know, SQL Server 2008 runs on: Longhorn (Windows Code Name) , Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Here are some things that are new in this CTP

  • 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

For excellent info on SQL Server 2008 be sure to check out Dan’s Blog

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