Microsoft SQL Server 2012 enables a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich and reliable data store for lightweight Web Sites and desktop applications.
The Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Feature Pack is a collection of stand-alone packages which provide additional value for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012.
This guide focuses on a set of best practices for optimizing performance of Data Quality Services (DQS).
The Master Data Services Add-in for Excel gives multiple users the ability to update master data in a familiar tool without compromising the data’s integrity in Master Data Services.
The SQL Server 2012 Performance Dashboard Reports are Reporting Services report files designed to be used with the Custom Reports feature of SQL Server Management Studio.
Microsoft PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010 provides ground-breaking technology; fast manipulation of large data sets, streamlined integration of data, and the ability to effortlessly share your analysis through Microsoft SharePoint.
Report Builder provides a productive report-authoring environment for IT professionals and power users. It supports the full capabilities of SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services.
The SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 technologies allows you to integrate your reporting environment with the collaborative SharePoint 2010 experience.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Privacy Statement and End User License Agreements provide the legal terms and conditions for using the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 software.
The Semantic Language Statistics Database is a required component for the Statistical Semantic Search feature in Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Semantic Language Statistics.
Catalog file for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 FileStream Driver that is certified for Windows Server 2008 R2. It meets Microsoft standards for compatibility and recommended practices with the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems
Microsoft StreamInsight is Microsoft’s Complex Event Processing technology to help businesses create event-driven applications and derive better insights by correlating event streams from multiple sources with near-zero latency.
Download the Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.0 for SQL Server, a Type 4 JDBC driver that provides database connectivity through the standard JDBC application program interfaces (APIs) available in Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 and 6. (See this post for more details on this updated driver)
The Microsoft Drivers 3.0 for SQL Server for PHP provide connectivity to Microsoft SQL Server from PHP applications.
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
If you have Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition or above (release version), you must install SP1 manually before installing SSDT. The SSDT installation will integrate all the functionalities of SSDT into your existing VS environment.
If you do not have Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition or above (release version), installing SSDT will automatically install the Visual Studio 2010 Integrated Shell, apply SP1, and install the SSDT components. The Integrated Shell will only contain SSDT tools, and does not include VS programming languages and the features that support their respective project systems.
Download and Install SQL Server Data Tools
Supported Operating Systems
- Windows Vista SP2 or above
- Windows 7 SP1 or above
- Windows Server 2008 SP2 or above
- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or above
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A little virtual swag from this week's SQL Server Virtual Launch event - Registered attendees (you know it's free, right?) get to download "Windows PowerShell 2.0 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant"
The officially easiest way to play with SQL Server 2012... The SQL Server Virtual Labs
SQL Server 2012 RC0 is now available. Here's a download link round-up.
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SQL Server 2012 Edition and Licensing Revamp Round-up
SQL Server 2012 Data Quality Services Slide Demo
SQL Server 2012 (fka Denali) Developer Training Kit Web Installer Preview (Updated)
"Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name 'Denali'" Free (draft two chapter preview) eBook
Want Denali CTP3 (aka next version of SQL Server)? Here's a Hyper-V VHD just for you (in 36 parts, but I've also provided direct download URL's for use in your DM of choice...)
SQL Server Denali Sequence Object Overview
SQL Server Denali Feature Watch - FORMAT(), as in, "OMG we finally get .Net like Number/Date/Time formatting in our TSQL" Or "Saying goodbye to my old friend, Convert(103)..."
Time to start thinking about, and providing feedback on, what you’ll need to upgrade to Denali (aka next version of SQL Server)
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SQL Server Denali FileTables Feature - The fruits of WinFS? (Think "A FileStream enabled table that you can access as a network file share and other standard File IO API's" or "SQL Server File System in a Table")
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