New Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP Ready
Microsoft made the latest community technology preview for SQL Server 2008 R2 available to the general public today.Microsoft announced the availability of the November SQL Server 2008 R2 community technology preview today. The CTP can be downloaded here. Microsoft officials said the CTP is feature-complete. The new capabilities in the latest CTP include support for Windows Server 2008 R2 - including Hyper-V with Live Migration - as well as enhanced data compression with support for Unicode UCS-2. The company also added new visualization features and a Report Part Gallery to Report Builder 3.0.
According to Microsoft, SQL Server 2008 R2 includes enhancements designed to help administrators centrally monitor and manage multiple database applications, instances or servers. In addition, Microsoft said it has enabled high-scale complex event-stream processing through SQL Server StreamInsight, and expanded business intelligence capabilities with SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel.