There have been some great new additions this later time here : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/learning/whitepapers.mspxMicrosoft SQL Server 2008

I would just point out these ones :

  • SQL Server 2008: Delivering Location Intelligence with Spatial Data
    This 10-page paper discusses how the new spatial support in Microsoft SQL Server™ 2008 can help you to make better decisions through visual analysis of location data that can be stored and manipulated in a SQL Server database.
    Focus: Spatial Data
    Audience: Mid-level
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  • SQL Server 2008 Security Overview for Database Administrators
    SQL Server 2008 is secure by design, default, and deployment. Microsoft is committed to communicating information about threats, countermeasures, and security enhancements as necessary to keep your data as secure as possible. This paper covers some of the most important security features in SQL Server 2008. It tells you how, as an administrator, you can install SQL Server securely and keep it that way even as applications and users make use of the data stored within.
    Focus: Security
    Audience: Mid-level
  • Online Transaction Processing in SQL Server 2008
    This 10-page paper includes: Introduction, Scale and Performance, High Availability, Security, and Manageability.
    Focus: OLTP
    Audience: High-level
  • SQL Server 2008 Manageability
    This paper discusses how Microsoft SQL Server 2008 builds on the management capabilities of previous versions and provides a variety of tools and frameworks to help you manage your enterprise data environment.
    Focus: Manageability
    Audience: High-level
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  • Server Consolidation with SQL Server 2008
    This 10-page paper includes: Introduction, Flexibility, Manageability, Scalability and Performance, and Conclusion.
    Focus: Server Consolidation
    Audience: High-level