A first look at Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Prepare for SQL Server 2008 R2

A first look at Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

At TechEd North American 2009, Microsoft announced that its next release of SQL Server - codenamed Kilimanjaro - will now be dubbed SQL Server 2008 R2.

Although IT professionals and the general public are used to seeing R2 at the end of Microsoft product releases, many of them still want clarification on what it means for SQL Server.

Typically, Microsoft follows a cycle of alternating between major and minor releases of its products. Therefore, major product releases, like SQL Server, Windows and Exchange Server, usually don't undergo major changes for at least four years. Minor updates however, like with the R2 product line, are usually introduced every two years or so.

Read the following article I wrote for an overview of the benefits, new features and improvements to expect with SQL Server 2008 R2. A first look at Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2



 Ross Mistry, SQL Server MVP

 Author: SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed

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