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Differences between sql server 2008 and 2008 R2


Differences between sql server 2008 and 2008 R2

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I did some research to find the differences between between sql server 2008 and 2008 R2 but couldnt find much. I know in R2, BI is made more effecient but is it different from what it is present in 2008? Can someone please explain me the major differences between sql server 2008 and 2008 R2. Thanks in advance.
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I'm just doing an installation from MSDN, but from someone's perspective who has not touched OLAP in 7 years, I think Central Management is supposed to be the largest difference.

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Also, I think backup compression is available in R2 standard, but only in RTM/SP's enterprise. That is a big selling point.

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This might help you somewhat.

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Few of the features that i know
1.SQL Server 2008 R2 will have editions that support up to 256 logical processors, an increase from the maximum support of 64 logical processors with past releases.
2.Master Data Services(MDS) part of BI solutions, people say it is introduced avoid data conflicts in DW, not sure how to implement it.
3.One more new feature in BI is Power Pivot, PowerPivot is designed to meet the more focused BI needs of end users through integration with Microsoft Excel and SharePoint.
4.SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS): adds to previous geospatial data types by offering new visualization mapping capabilities for reports.
5.SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS): new dashboards to DBAs for monitoring and managing multiple instances of SQL Servers from a single screen, this functionality is not available in SQL Server express edition.

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A new feature of the core DBMS is Data Tier Applications (DACs). Also the Express size limitation has been increased to 10GB.
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thanks everyone for the reply...i still couldnt find the right answer..all the features mentioned above like data compression and DW features are also present in sql server 2008...i am trying to find out prime differences between sql server 2008 and 2008 R2...i know these are two different products....am i missing something here?
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I think you didn't read the replies very well. A number of features were mentioned that are new to R2. Here's another link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb500435(SQL.105).aspx
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David Portas (5/6/2010)
I think you didn't read the replies very well. A number of features were mentioned that are new to R2. Here's another link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb500435(SQL.105).aspx


I think that David's and Wayne's links are good places to start. Is there something you were using this for? Is there some business reason?

I see R2 as what it is, a 10.5 version of SQL 2008. There are improvements in areas, and new features, but in general, unless you specifically are using one of those, I'd skip the upgrade.

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thanks..got it now..
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