I like it when *other* people review Microsoft software. I still volunteer as a DBA, so I still use multiple versions of our own products (and comptetitors, by the way) in the "real world". That's how I normally present, that's how I teach at the University of Washington, and how I work with my Microsoft clients. When I talk about the product, it's something I use - but of course I work here, so folks always like finding other people that have tried the new versions of our software and read what they say. Sometimes that's good, sometimes the reviewer has issues that they talk about. In any case, I like when they show detail about what they have tried and how it worked. And here is just such a review - it's by Jason Brooks over at e-Week.com - enjoy: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/SQL-Server-2008-R2-Offers-Enhancements-New-Management-Capabilities-518969/