Thursday, 11 November 2010

Denali available for download

As promised by MS the first CTP of the next version of SQL Server is available for download now. What's new? Check here and here.

One thing that immediately jumps out at me is the following;

Business users will gain greater agility and empowerment with a new highly interactive, web-based data exploration and visualization solution. Introducing new and engaging ways to discover insights through a drag-and-drop interface, smart and powerful data querying and interactive storyboarding to allow users to quickly create and share visual presentations of large datasets.
Sounds intriguing - but I'm not sure its in the CTP. Needless to say I'm downloading now...


Its worth checking the release notes here. There is a dependency on Powershell 2.0 - and more importantly no support for side-by-side installations with 2008/R2. There is also no support for XP regardless of SP version.

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