November 13, 2009
I’m enjoying the weekend, with Microsoft SQL Server R2 November CTP and its new features from Database engine features to Analysis Services features, Reporting Service features, etc…
I’ll post a series about those features en shaaa ALLAH in the next days, but let’s begin with Database engine features
#1 connectivity to SQL Azure: what’s SQL Azure? is a cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server® technologies. To learn more about SQL Azure press here
First you need to have Microsoft SQL Server R2 November CTP, get all about it from here and SQL Azure account (I got it from Microsoft Connect)
Open SSMS, and using your Azure account (Server name, username and password) try to login
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November 11, 2009
Updated on 11/11/2009 7:47 PM
Note: The download links below will launch the Akamai download manager which is designed to provide you with more control over your download experience.
Download now Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/download/7/B/4/7B4A1F68-4D05-42C1-8982-E5CD8492C6FA/SQLFULL_x86_ENU.exe
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 add-in to Excel that allows very large sets of data to be manipulated efficiently aka Microsoft Gemini now its formal name is PowerPivot
Download: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 R2 November Community Technology Preview (CTP) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=89550298-D564-40C5-B586-30DC3F909F6F&displaylang=en
It’s now available for download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and it will be available to the general public on November 11th http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/archive/2009/11/09/announcing-the-sql-server-2008-r2-november-ctp.aspx
September 1, 2009
Project Gemini for Excel 2010
What’s Gemini? Project code-name “Gemini” for Excel 2010 provides ground-breaking technology, such as fast manipulation on large data sets (often in millions of rows), streamlined integration of data, and the ability to effortlessly share your analysis through SharePoint 2010.
Video | http://www.microsoft.com/officebusiness/office2010/Default.aspx?vid=Geminiv
August 25, 2009
From Microsoft Gemini team blog…
The key question behind Gemini is: how much value can an Excel user derive from Microsoft’s BI stack without having to pick up a book on OLAP, Dimensional Modeling or Analysis Services?
More on http://blogs.msdn.com/gemini/archive/2009/08/24/overview-of-gemini-features.aspx