SQL 2008 now available for download from TechNet


We are announcing the availability of SQL Server 2008 RTM as a part of TechNet  Plus subscription downloads. TechNet Plus subscribers can now get SQL Server 2008 and evaluate it without time limits.

SQL Server 2008 provides a trusted, productive, and intelligent data platform that enables you to run your most demanding mission critical applications, reduce time and cost of development and management of applications, and deliver actionable insight to your entire organization. These downloads are available on a worldwide basis. The related links are as follows:




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SQL Server 2008 Enterprise (x86, x64, ia64)


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SQL Server 2008 Standard (x86, x64)


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SQL Server 2008 Web (x86, x64)


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SQL Server 2008 Workgroup (x86, x64)


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Level-5 Guides – free for a couple hours!

Brian Tucker indicates he’s going to open up his ConfigMgr (SCCM) video guide for a couple hours so visitors can get a peek into what the Level-5 guides are all about.  As Brian indicates in his post, its tough to determine if you really want to pay for something where you can’t get a good taste of the value.

Edwin Sarmiento is opening up his SQL 2008 video guide the same day, so those wanting to know about the just released SQL 2008 can a preview of that, too.

Date:  Wednesday August 13th, 2008

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST for U.S. and Europe.

10:00 pm – 12:00 AM CST for other countries.


So…let’s give Brian and the Level-5 guides a big myITforum.com bump.

BTW: Brian also indicates he may be working on freeing up other Level-5 guides on that day.  More to come, hopefully.


SQL 2008 RTMs today!

More info to come…

But, will is ConfigMgr 2007 supported?  Sources at MMS 2008 suggest SQL 2008 is planned to be certified within 30 days of RTM.

Active Directory, SQL Server, Sharepoint, and OpsMgr 2007 at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

This could turn out to be a good blog to watch during the Olympics.  Chris Ransom is representing Microsoft at the Beijing Olympics, supporting several of the technologies in place for the big event.

Olympics tag: http://mschrisran.spaces.live.com/?_c11_BlogPart_BlogPart=blogview&_c=BlogPart&partqs=cat%3dOlympics%2b2008

Olympics RSS Feed: http://mschrisran.spaces.live.com/category/Olympics%202008/feed.rss

Stamp out SQL Injections

Microsoft has released (or co-released) 3 new tools to help eliminate SQL injections:

  • UrlScan version 3.0 Beta, a security tool that restricts the types of HTTP requests that Internet Information Services (IIS) will process. By blocking specific HTTP requests, the UrlScan helps prevent potentially harmful requests.
  • Microsoft Source Code Analyzer for SQL Injection Community Technology Preview (June 2008), a tool that can be used to detect ASP code susceptible to SQL injection attacks.
  • Scrawlr, a free scanner, developed by HP Web Security Research Group in conjunction with Microsoft, which will allow customers to identify whether their Web sites might be susceptible to SQL injection.


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