SQL Server SP3 Beta and more news

October 28, 2008

Well apparently, you can miss out on a lot of things during a two weeks vacation. Luckily I came back in time to see SP3 Beta for SQL Server 2005 get released! But I’ll talk about that in a bit…

The announcement of Project Gemini in SQL Server 2010 sparked a very heated debate in the BI Community, over how much it might be abused by users as an alternative to an organized DW \ OLAP solution. The discussion did not go unnoticed by Microsoft. I guess I can only sum up by saying that we’ll see what happens in 2 years time…

The end of the summit where Project Gemini was announced, there was yet another display for how Microsoft sees the future of BI – this time with a demo done on Surface.

Meanwhile, for SQL server 2008 things continue as usual. Cumulative Update 1 was released in the beginning of the month, enabling us, amongst other things, to render reports to PDF in specific fonts. I guess releasing CU 1 for SQL Server 2008 also took enough weight off the shoulders for Microsoft, because they have committed to releasing SP3 for SQL Server 2005 by the end of the year.  In the meanwhile – there is a beta release for SP3. It is expected to include all of the Cumulative Updates up until and including CU 9. So this means that you should also check out the release of Cumulative Update 10 for SQL Server 2005, (making the grounds also for CU 11, so I guess all as normal).

The really BIG news for SQL Server 2008? The RTM of the Feature Pack! This includes, amongst other things, the Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 and the beloved Report Builder 2.0. Report Builder 2.0 still isn’t a click once application so I guess there is more we can expect to come.

Does all of this mean I should be happy to take just a two week vacation and not something longer?…

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