SQL Server 2008 R2 key changes: Data-tier applications (DAC)

See why data-tier applications, a facet of Microsoft's new multi-server management features, made our list of the top changes for SQL Server 2008 R2.

 

#7: Data-tier applications (DAC)

Data-tier applications (DAC)
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Confusing acronyms aside -- DTA was already taken -- R2's new data-tier applications feature has gotten a fair bit of attention. The DAC is basically a collection of database objects and schemas for a particular application.

A facet of Microsoft's new multi-server management features, DAC should ultimately be an asset for developers, though it will likely aid in the change control process for DBAs as well

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This was first published in February 2010

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