Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Download best of SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack is available for download and below is the list of features that are very attractive in my views. For those who are now aware of what is a feature pack, it's a collection of separate independent packages that can be used as tools or components with different services of SQL Server including database engine, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS and related technologies.

1) Download Microsoft SQL Server Report Builder 3.0 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2: This is top highlight as it brings the Map control and Bing Maps capabilities, Sparklines, Databars, and Report Parts Gallery.

2) Download Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel: Business users would not want to wait and download it ASAP and try out the potential of Powerpivot.

3) Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Books On-line: My personal favourite. It's always advantageous to stay up-to-date with the latest reference material.

4) Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer: This latest best practice analyzer is available now. So stop playing with the old 2000 / 2005 version analyzer and get this shiny new analyzer for your shiny new R2 version of SQL Server.

5) This is not a part of the Feature pack, but I thought of mentioning it as it's a very valuable resource. It's a introductory level " Free SQL Server 2008 R2 Ebook ".

Above list is not the exhaustive list. Entire feature pack can be downloaded from here.

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