Posts Tagged ‘SQL Server 2008’

Download: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2

Microsoft has made available for download SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. These packages may be used to upgrade any edition of SQL Server 2008. Continue reading

Microsoft SQL Server 2008: SP2 now available for download

Microsoft has announced the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for Continue reading

Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers

Customers running mission critical solutions have always required higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. Continue reading

Microsoft announces SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL

Migrate from MySQL to SQL Azure or SQL Server with ease!

Microsoft announced on Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010, the release of the first version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL! Along with this release, Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA family of products for Oracle, Sybase and Access with the latest v4.2 release. Continue reading

White Paper: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2: What’s New with PowerPivot?

PowerPivot is Microsoft’s new technology that leverages Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, and Sharepoint 2010 to provide an exciting new Self Service Business Intelligence platform. Continue reading

Solution Accelerator Round-up: New Tools for IT Pros

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 – Now Available!

If you’re making the move to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and/or Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help you through the process. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010, a free Solution Accelerator, is designed to fill that need.

The latest MDT 2010 Update 1 release, now available for download, offers something for everyone:

For System Center Configuration Manager 2007 customers:

* New “User Driven Installation” deployment method. An easy-to-use UDI Wizard allows users to initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs that’s tailored to their individual needs.
* Support for Configuration Manager R3 “Prestaged Media.” For those deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 along with new PCs, a custom OS image can easily be loaded in the factory and then customized once deployed.

For Lite Touch Installation:

* Support for Office 2010. Easily configure Office 2010 installation and deployment settings through the Deployment Workbench and integration with the Office Customization Tool.
* Improved driver importing. All drivers are inspected during the import process to accurately determine what platforms they really support, avoiding common inaccuracies that can cause deployment issues.

For all customers:

* A smooth and simple upgrade process. Installing MDT 2010 Update 1 will preserve your existing MDT configuration, with simple wizards to upgrade existing deployment shares and Configuration Manager installations.
* Many small enhancements and bug fixes. Made in direct response to feedback received from customers and partners all around the world, MDT 2010 Update 1 is an indispensible upgrade for those currently using MDT (as well as a great starting point for those just starting).
* Continued support for older products. MDT 2010 Update 1 still supports deployment of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Office 2007, for those customers who need to be able to support these products during the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Next Steps

* Download MDT 2010 Update 1 from the Microsoft Download Center.
* Learn more about MDT 2010 by visiting the MDT site on TechNet.
* Get the latest news by visiting Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog.
* Ask questions, post answers, and share your insights in the MDT Forum.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Release Candidate now available!

Looking for a solution that helps you reduce IT costs, while increasing agility for your organization?

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 lets you build the foundation for an on-premise cloud infrastructure, enabling you to deliver IT as a service for your organization.

Using SSP, you can respond more effectively—and at a lower cost—to the rapidly changing needs of your organization. SSP is freely available, and fully-supported by Microsoft.

Key Features:

* Automation and Guidance: To assess, plan and design your private cloud foundation infrastructure
* Customer/business unit on-boarding: Automated workflows to onboard business unit IT departments onto to your virtualized shared resource pool
* Dynamic provisioning engine: To rapidly provision virtualized infrastructure in conjunction with System Center and Hyper-V
* Self-Service portal: To empower consumers of IT to request and provision infrastructure for their apps/services
* Partner Extensibility: Enable partners to expose their unique hardware capabilities through familiar Microsoft scripting technologies while providing variety and flexibility to IT

Next steps:

* Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0
* Want more information on a specific feature? Interested in speaking with the development team? Please contact Jim Stuart. Learn more about Microsoft’s Solutions Accelerators.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 now available!

The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite and SQL Server, Windows 2000 Server migration assessment, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies-now including Office 2010.

Is your organization spending valuable resources planning its IT infrastructure? Download the MAP Toolkit 5.0,and let this tool do the heavy lifting for a wide variety of your IT planning projects.

Next steps:

* Download the MAP 5.0 Toolkit.
* Reivew the MAP overview DEMO
* Help spread the word-share the download link with your friends.
* Checkout MAP web site