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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 News
November 11, 2010
Microsoft gave PASS Summit 2010 attendees a walk-through of its Denali SQL Server release, demoing its AlwaysOn, FileTable and expanded SQL Server Integration Services features.
May 05, 2010
The company has put the kibosh on unlimited virtualization rights with SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition.
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The new MSSQL-CLI command-line tool provides many enhancements over SQLCMD CLI that enable you to quickly write and run T-SQL queries across Linux, macOS and Windows. Continue Reading
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The looming end of SQL Server 2008 extended support should spur database teams into action. Consider these four options to extend security updates or migrate your aging SQL Server systems. Continue Reading
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Cool new features may not impress management, but return on investment always will. Speak an executive’s language when making the hard pitch for a SQL Server 2008 R2 upgrade. Continue Reading
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Microsoft is forever tinkering with SQL Server stored procedures to give queries more thrust. Find out what’s new in SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2 and the next-generation 2012 release. Continue Reading