Updated: Jan 2008. One of the big changes in SQL Server 2005 is the integration of the CLR into the relational engine itself. This is probably the biggest reason for the delays in completing the product and it is a controversial decision. Steve Jones spends a few minutes looking at the pros and cons of having the CLR integrated and possible implications for DBAs.
After the announcement last week by Microsoft that there would be no Beta 3 for SQL Server 2005 and that the CTP process would take over, Steve Jones had the opportunity to interview Thomas Rizzo and Allan Ros from the SQL Server development team about the CTP process and testing the SQL Server builds.
Everyone wants to get ahead of the curve with SQL Server 2005, but many people don't have the time or desire to dig through a Google search. Steve Jones has gotten quite a few requests for resources, so here is a compiled list of some places that might help you get started.
SQL Server 2005 is on everyone's mind, especially with SQL Server 2000 almost 5 years old. On Monday, April 18, Microsoft made an announcement that the April CTP was available, but there would be no Beta 3. Read Steve Jones take on this announcement as well as a few more details.
The SQL Server 2005 product family has now been announced, so with four editions available, what does this mean for SQL Server Integration Services? Starting from the bottom we have the free edition known as Express, and the entry level Workgroup edition, and neither include the full IS product. They have the Import/Export capabilities, but nothing more, so for simple loading and extraction of data this should suffice, but you will not be able to build packages.
SQL Server 2005 is coming soon and the setup team is looking for some feedback on their process. If you can spare a few minutes for a survey, they would greatly appreciate the time. And you will be helping others avoid the problems in the Betas.
On February 24th, 2005, Microsoft announced the new editions and pricing of SQL Server 2005. There have been quite a few changes and MVP Brian Knight has put down a comparison as well as details about which features are included with each. Read about the 4 new additions and see which one might be right for your next project.
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