Microsoft Shifting Future SQL Server APIs from OLE DB Back to ODBC

Microsoft said that future SQL Server APIs will phase out of OLE DB and back to supporting the Open Database Connectivity protocol.

Microsoft Releases Hadoop Connector CTPs for SQL Server

Microsoft released two community technology previews of its Hadoop connectors, one that works with SQL Server and other with SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse.

New NoSQL Language Unveiled As Debate Rages On

NoSQL oponents see no future for the language. Proponents, though, are building new products around it.

Microsoft Releases Preview of SQL Server 2008 SP3

Microsoft this week released community technology previews of a new Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2008.

When Beta Apps Wreck Your System: A Lesson in SQL Server 2008 R2 Testing

I must have missed the memo about using beta software on real systems.

SQL Server 'Denali' CTP3, SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Out Now

Microsoft released the third community technology preview (CTP3) of SQL Server code-named "Denali" and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1.

And the "SQL Server 'Denali' Must/Must Not Support XP" Debate Goes On

A few announcements by Microsoft at WPC this week haven't quelled the discussions on this issue of Denali supporting XP

Should SQL Server 'Denali' Support XP?

I'm torn whether the next version of SQL Server should be backward compatible or move forward. Here are some of the arguments on both sides.

PowerShell vs. SQL Server Management Studio

While PowerShell doesn't duplicate the complete functionality of SSMS, it can duplicate a lot of it.

SQL Server 'Juneau' Developer Tools Needs Testers

Get your hands on the upcoming SQL Server development tools. All you need to do is join the program and provide feedback to the mothership.

Free Alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio

There are some nifty, better-than-SSMS tools that cost nothing to use. One of them is already in your toolbox and you might not know it.

PowerShell Returns, The SQL

Automating SQL Server administration tasks is easy with PowerShell, especially with the SQL-related snapins.

SQL Server 2008 Packaging

Use SQL Server Integration Services for a quick way to package up the settings on your database servers.

Query SQL Server with PowerShell

Get the right information on your SQL Servers via the Get-Service cmdlet.

Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals Get Recognition at Annual Summit

More than 1,600 of Microsoft's most ardent technology supporters gather at the Redmond to attend high-level feedback sessions.

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