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SQL2008 November CTP released

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I’m a bit late on this (ie about a day, but that’s late in the blog world) but the November CTP of SQL2008 has been released and you can download it here:
I won’t go into the details of what it contains because various other people have already done so; the best round up I’ve seen is from Vidas Matelis:
Apparently the only feature missing from this CTP for AS is the ability to share a single AS database between multiple instances; there don’t seem to be any new features coming that I didn’t know about apart from some new Perfmon counters and some new Profiler trace events, and the rumoured query plans have not made the cut. Am I alone in feeling a little… underwhelmed by the new features in AS2008? Maybe that’s because I haven’t had a chance to test out the block computation changes yet (I might do this week though) – they’re not very obvious or demoable but they should hopefully make a big, big improvement to the performance of many calculations.

Written by Chris Webb

November 20, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Posted in Analysis Services

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  1. SQL Server 2005?:-)


    November 20, 2007 at 10:19 pm

  2. Ooops, thanks!


    November 21, 2007 at 6:01 pm

  3. Hi Chris,
    Regarding additional changes to SSAS 2008 – based on all previous webcasts, I think there are 2 more things that we will see in the future CTPs:
    – Execution Plan persistence
    – A flexible caching model
    Vidas Matelis
    Apparently the only feature missing from this CTP for AS is the ability to share a single AS database between multiple instances


    November 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm

  4. Hi Vidas,
    No, I think both of those were typos, badly written descriptions of features in the relational engine, or features which are already there in AS. There was an MVP-only webcast recently on what\’s coming in AS2008 and there are no more new features that we don\’t know about.


    November 28, 2007 at 9:29 am

  5. indeed very made this blog..thanks for these instructions that you have put to disposition for all peoplehave a nice day


    January 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm

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