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Microsoft fires up CTP generator with latest SQL Server

The CTP of SQL Server  2008 R2 is now available

Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability.  VARs can download the CTP and check out new support for up to 256 cores, and geospatial visualization capabilities in Report Builder 3.0.

It was not explicitly stated that the latest-and-greatest SQL Server will run both on Windows Server 2008 R2, due this fall and the current Windows Server 2003 release. One can’t assume anything given the latest Exchange Server 2007 kerfuffle.  In mid July, Microsoft let it slip in the middle of a blog post, that the current Exchange Server 2007 email will not run on future versions of Windows Server 2008, including the upcoming R2.

I’m guessing the new database will not run on the old(er) OS but just to be clear, have asked Microsoft to specify whether SQL Server 2008 R2 will run on both the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2003.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Microsoft says the new database will, in fact, run on both Windows Server 2003 and the new Windows Server 2008 R2.

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