Report Builder 2.0 RC1

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My favorite "toy" in SQL Server 2008 just got a brand new spanking release! Report Builder 2.0 just went RC1 after it didn't appear in the feature pack of SQL Server 2008 RTM. When I tried it out first, as a Report Designer Preview in CTP6, I loved it so much that I even decided to make a webcast out of it (both in Hebrew and in English).  Later, I found out this would become the "next generation" of Report Builder. When I downloaded the feature pack that came with SQL Server 2008 RC0 I admit I was a...

BIDS Helper for SQL Server 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I know I had recommended the BIDS Helper for you before, but as a new version of this Visual Studio add – in just got out this Saturday with support for SQL Server 2008, I thought it's a great time to remind everybody they should check it out. Most of the features in this release are available only through their source code, which is there for you to compile and deploy yourself. My personal favorite feature would be the Non-Default Properties Report, which helps you track the settings in your SSIS Package or your SSAS cube and...

SQL Server 2008 Express – Download it!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Till now Microsoft enabled you to download SQL Server 2008 for a trial version of 180 days. You could get it from MSDN for the Developers and Architects of you and from TechNet for IT Professionals and IT Managers (you get the same download on both sites, only with differently focused follow – up emails, according to your role). Yesterday however, Microsoft also released SQL Server 2008 Express. Yes, I grant you, it does not have full functionality in it like SQL Server 2008, but I personally would be very happy to play around with what’s...

Free SQL Server 2008 Book

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Microsoft is giving you the chance to learn more about SQL Server 2008 with free chapters from Peter DeBetta upcoming book - “Introducing SQL Server 2008”.  Chapter 1 details Policy-based Management and you can view it online. If you'll sign up, then you'll be able to read also about Transact-SQL Enhancement in SQL Server 2008 (which are detailed in the 11th chapter of the book).
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How to avoid breaking reports based on your Report Model

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Almost every post I made about Report Builder, be it the pros and cons of creating a report model on a cube or refining a report model based on a cube, brought the same question - what makes reports based on a report model to break and how can you avoid it? Well I didn't know the answer as I admit it never happened to me, (sigh of relief), but the question did bother me enough for me to try and research it a bit more on the internet. And yes, I'm happy to say there is more than...

SQL Server 2008 RC0 Has Been Released!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Yes, you read it right! SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 is out! I guess I should have known as much as it is Tech Ed North America right now, and Buck Woody did say that they’re planning the next release just for that occasion… But I knew Tech Ed had already started and didn’t hear anything about it in the media so obviously I thought they didn’t make it in the end – wrong! It’s currently available just for TechNet Plus subscribers (does that make this offer more enticing all of the sudden?). For more details, please check...
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Webcast: צעדים ראשונים ב Reporting Services 2008

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Webcast: צעדים ראשונים ב Reporting Services 2008 אני חושבת שהבאזז סביב SQL Server 2008 כבר הדליק את כולנו. אני החלטתי להתחיל ולבדוק את מה שקיים כבר במערכת ודבר ראשון, החלטתי להתחיל עם Reporting Services 2008. ב Webcast הזה, אני אראה איך בונים דוח בסיסי עם הממשק החדש. View Video קובץ ה WMV להורדה לינקים מהסרטון: לאתר Reporting Services 2008 כאן לפורום של MSDN ישראל לשאלות ותשובות בנושא SQL Server כאן להורדת דוגמאות ל Reporting Services 2008 כאן להורדת הסקריפט בו אני משתמשת בסרטון כאן

Webcast: First Steps in Reporting Services 2008 [EN]

Webcast: First Steps in Reporting Services 2008 I think the buzz around SQL Server 2008 has got us all interested in learning more about the product and what it has to offer. I personnaly, decided to learn first more about Reporting Services 2008. In this webcast, I'll show you how to work with the new interface and build a basic report. View Video To download the WMV file The links mentioned in the webcast are: The Reporting Services 2008 Site here The MSDN Forum for Q&A on Reporting Services 2008 here Samples for Reporting Services 2008 here To download the script I...

SQL Server 2008 February CTP

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Well as some very good people in the community have managed to say even before me, SQL Server 2008 has shipped a new CTP version just yesterday. As I have mentioned before, this is the feature complete version which includes all the functionality planned for the final release in Q3 of 2008. I think that for most people, the big change here will be the integrated Full Text Search which should really enhance performance. Go ahead and download it here!
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