MS Rolls Out Second Interim Beta of SQL Server 2005

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-12-03 Print this article Print

Redmond releases its second Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2005 as well as a new, free management tool.

Microsoft Corp. on Friday released its second Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2005 and rolled out a new, free tool to manage SQL Server 2000 and MSDE (Microsoft Desktop Engine) 2000. This second preview edition, which is an interim release wedged between major beta builds of the upcoming SQL Server upgrade, introduces 64-bit support for SQl Server 2005 Analysis Services and Integration Services. The SQL Server 2005 database engine already includes 64-bit support. Kirsten Ward, lead product manager for SQL Server, said that the release is in answer to customers growing use of Microsofts business intelligence tools, not only in 32-bit environments but in 64-bit environments. The CTP is available to all MSDN and Betaplace subscribers.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said that a Community Technology Preview of code-name Whidbey is not available today, but the company plans to release a CTP of the Standard Edition soon, as well as another CTP of Team Systems soon after that.
In addition, the company rolled out a technical preview of SQL Server 2005 Express Manager, a free database management tool built on top of Windows .Net Framework 2.0. Express Manager can manage SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2000 MSDE, and SQL Server 2005 Developer and Express Edition databases, whether theyre remote or local. The tool is downloadable from the companys Download Center. Ward said that historically, management options for the free MSDE have included either command line or community-developed tools, but customers have been looking for an easy-to-use tool. "This is the first time weve released dedicated management tools for our free database," said Ward, in Redmond, Wash. "It takes all the SQL Server benefits of making management easier to use and reducing complexity and offers it in a free tool." Microsoft is currently seeing some 100,000 downloads of MSDE monthly, she said, making for a significant amount of demand for an easy-to-use management tool. Editors Note: Microsoft Watch Editor Mary Jo Foley contributed to this story. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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