Thursday, January 15, 2009

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack

SQL Server 2008 is undoubtedly an extremely powerful Relational Database Management System. It comes with many new features that increase the database developer's productivity and make the life of the DBA easier.

In September 2008, Microsoft has published the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack, which includes various stand-alone install packages which provide additional value for SQL Server 2008. Here's the list of features/packages:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services 10.0 OLE DB Provider
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Command Line Utilities
  • SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP
  • Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Objects
  • Microsoft OLEDB Provider for DB2
  • SQL Server Remote Blob Store
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Policies
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies
  • Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types
  • Microsoft Sync Framework
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advisor
You can download the corresponding packages from this link.
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Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Software Developer and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He is also an author, regular blogger, president of Cyprus.NET User Group and CY Country leader of INETA-EU. He is also the creator of DBA Security Advisor and In-Memory OLTP Simulator. Artemakis is a frequent guest author of worldwide well-respected online journals where he writes articles focusing on many SQL Server topics.

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