SQL Server 2008 R2 has reached RTM

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On April 21 Microsoft announced SQL Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing.

The downloads on Technet/MSDN on May 3. International downloads on May 13.

You can read about the changes in R2 on the Microsoft SQL Server site. There are a few significant changes that are worth examining.These are the some that we wanted to point out that might be of wide interest.

  • Data Center is a new edition.
  • Enterprise Edition is limited to 8 CPUs.
  • Express R2 supports 10GB databases
  • Powerpivot is a great BI add-in for Excel 2010
  • Backup compression is in Standard edition

A few blogger announcements:

 

 

 

 

 

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