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11/09/2009
SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP Available For Download

Today, Microsoft made the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The November CTP will be available to non-subscribers on Wednesday, November 11th.

You can download the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP from www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2Downloads.aspx

The November CTP is "feature complete" so try out the new features in this CTP release which include:

  • Support for Windows Server 2008 R2, including Hyper-V with Live Migration
  • Enhanced data compression with support for Unicode UCS-2
  • PowerPivot for Microsoft® Excel and Microsoft SharePoint Server *
  • Report Builder 3.0 with Report Part Gallery and new visualizations (sparklines, databars)
  • Master Data Services (MDS)

Enhancements to the capabilities delivered in the August CTP:

  • A Control Point Explorer in SQL Server Management Studio for central multi-instance and application utilization management.
  • Built-in wizards to help you quickly set up and enroll instances and Data-Tier Application components into central management.
  • Dashboard viewpoints for quick insight into application and instance utilization.
  • StreamInsight core technology engine for Complex Event Processing.

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