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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

SQL Server “Denali”

SQL Server “Denali” is the code name for the next version of SQL Server.  The CTP1 of Denali was released on Nov 8, 2010, and you can download here.  The next CTP will be available this summer.

I will have future posts that will cover the following major new items in Denali: the new SSAS features, the new SQL Server Developer Tools, codename ‘Juneau”, and the new reporting tool called Project Crescent.  In the meantime, here are the best resources I have found that describe the new features:

What’s New (Microsoft help)

Top 9 New Features of SQL Server “Denali”

Dattatrey Sindol’s blog on the new features

Jacob Sebastian’s list of new features

What’s new in Denali CTP1. And what isn’t in CTP1


Pinal Dave’s Inside of Next Generation SQL Server – Denali

Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” AlwaysOn Series,Part 1: Introducing the Next Generation High Availability Solution

The T-SQL Cookbook: What’s Cool in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and New in SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”

What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Analysis Services and PowerPivot

What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for Reporting Services

What’s New in Manageability for Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”

Performance Tuning and Optimization in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”

What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Integration Services

Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” AlwaysOn Series,Part 2: Building a Mission-Critical High Availability Solution Using AlwaysOn


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