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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 support ends April 2016 - Here’s why that’s a good thing

    Now’s the perfect time to deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Sure, it enables faster data processing and performance, but that’s just the beginning. If ensuring business-critical performance, maintaining security and compliance, and optimizing your data infrastructure are important to you...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 support ends April 2016. Are you ready?

    Don’t get caught off-guard. Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 helps you maintain security and compliance, gain faster data insights, and optimize your data infrastructure—all using familiar tools you already know and trust. Be prepared when extended support for SQL Server 2005...
  • Blog Post: Still running SQL Server 2005? Now is the time to upgrade

    Can you believe it’s been 10 great years since SQL Server 2005 was released? Extended support for this offering will end on April 12, 2016. Before support ends, you’ll need a plan for migrating remaining instances of SQL Server 2005. But, why wait to migrate when you have an opportunity to...
  • Blog Post: Six Benefits to Planning for SQL Server 2005 and Windows Server 2003 End of Support Now

    As the end of 2014 nears, now is the perfect time to review IT infrastructure plans for the coming year. If you haven’t made supportability a key initiative for 2015, there are some important dates that you should know about: Windows Server 2003 extended support ends on July 14, 2015 . ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - Cumulative Update 7 released

    This Cumulative Update 7 contains hotfixes for SQL Server 2005 issues that have been fixed since the release of Service Pack 2. Learn more: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949095/en-us SQL Server Release Services blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/
  • Blog Post: SQL Server on Channel 9

    The Developer & Partner Evangelize team just posted a ton of new SQL Server and Business Intelligence content on Channel 9. You can check it out here - http://channel9.msdn.com/sql There are 22 screencasts posted as part of a developer training workshop built on SQL Server 2005 that has been delivered...
  • Blog Post: My Top 5 SQL Server 2012 Features by Aaron Bertrand, Guest Blogger

    Guest Blogger: Aaron Bertrand Aaron is a senior consultant for SQL Sentry , providers of the free Plan Explorer, as well as performance monitoring and event management software for SQL Server. He has been blogging at sqlblog.com since 2006, focusing on manageability, performance, and new features;...
  • Blog Post: You Ask, We deliver – Timelines for SQL Server Service Packs

    The SQL Server team has been very busy building SQL Server 2008 R2 and we are extremely excited for the upcoming launch. The feedback from customers who have downloaded and tested a Community Technology Preview (CTP) has been invaluable. We believe that having an open and active dialogue with customers...
  • Blog Post: Free Download: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant

    Microsoft recently announced the first CTP of a SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL v1.0, which automates aspects of the migration process to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 & 2008 including SQL Azure Database. SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit, others...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2 Receives Common Criteria Certification at the Highest Level of Assurance

    Today, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2005 SP2 has received its Common Criteria certification. As published in late November by the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), the central IT security service provider for the German government based in Bonn, Germany, SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Released

    A collection of 26 free stand-alone tools, components and frameworks has been released. This collection is designed to enhance using and developing for SQL Server 2008 as well as other versions of SQL Server. The Feature Pack consists of the following: Microsoft ADOMD.NET ADOMD...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 case studies

    As we get closer to launch, I wanted to spend a moment to highlight some recently published case studies for SQL Server 2008. Its great to see the excellent work that our customers and partners are doing on our upcoming release. Healthcare Group Upgrading to SQL Server 2008 to Better Protect 2...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL

    Migrate from MySQL to SQL Azure or SQL Server with ease! Microsoft announced today the release of the first version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL! Along with this release, Microsoft refreshed the existing SSMA family of products for Oracle, Sybase and Access with the latest v4...
  • Blog Post: PHP Driver 1.0 for SQL Server 2005 released with source

      Exciting news for PHP developers -- version 1.0 of the much anticipated SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is now available for download. And to show Microsoft's level of commitment to the PHP community, the full source code has been posted to Microsoft's CodePlex web site. This new driver makes it...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP3 Public CTP now available

    SQL Server 2005 SP3 CTP is now available for public testing. Details SP3 CTP provides a roll-up of QFE work done since SP2, as well as addresses critical issues reported through the SQL Server community. Per revised servicing strategy for SQL Server releases, SP3 does not introduce new features...
  • Blog Post: New Video: The History of SQL Server

    The history of SQL Server dates back to 1989 when the product came about as a result of a partnership between Microsoft, Sybase, and Ashton-Tate. SQL Server has evolved tremendously over the years and now Microsoft is getting ready to bring SQL Server 2012 to market, beginning with the SQL Server 2012...