SQL Server 2008 R2 Released

Finally SQL Server 2008 R2 has been released. This is not a major release and being an intermediate release shares the same major version number of SQL Server 2008. There are a number of new features and introduced two new editions called Datacenter and Parallel Data Warehouse.

 

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List of few new features

SQL Server Utility

Multi Server Dashboards

Report Builder 3.0

Master Data Services

Ability to connect to a SQL Azure Database

PowerPivot for SharePoint

PowerPivot for Excel

Imaging support for a stand-alone instance

Enterprise Edition supports maximum of 8 CPUs

Express Edition database size increased to 10 GB from 4 GB

 

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Note: Cross posted from Experience – Inspire – Contribute.

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