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SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack RTM Is Available

by Abel Avram on Aug 14, 2008 |

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack August 2008 the same day when SQL Server 2008 was released. Feature Pack is a collection of stand-alone packages, including Analysis Services, Command Line Utilities and many others, which provide additional value to SQL Server 2008.

According to Microsoft Downloads, Feature Pack contains the following packages:

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services 10.0 OLE DB Provider

The Analysis Services 10.0 OLE DB Provider is a COM component that software developers can use to create client-side applications that browse metadata and query data stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads: X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components

The SQL Server Backward Compatibility package includes the latest versions of Data Transformation Services 2000 runtime (DTS), SQL Distributed Management Objects (SQL-DMO), Decision Support Objects (DSO), and SQL Virtual Device Interface (SQLVDI).

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads: X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Command Line Utilities

The SQLCMD utility allows users to connect, send Transact-SQL batches, and output rowset information from SQL Server 7.0, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005, and SQL Server 2008 instances.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads: X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1

SQL Server Compact is a free, easy-to-use embedded database engine that lets developers build robust Windows Desktop and mobile applications that run on all Windows platforms including Windows XP, Vista, Pocket PC, and Smartphone.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Download site

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 enables you to take advantage of SQL Server 2008 predictive analytics in Office Excel 2007 and Office Visio 2007.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Download site

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP

The SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is a PHP 5 extension that allows for accessing data in all Editions of SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 (including Express Editions) from within PHP scripts.

Audience(s): Developer, DBA

Download site

Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0

Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 is the latest version of the native XML processing stack. MSXML 6.0 provides standards-conformant implementations of XML 1.0, XML Schema (XSD) 1.0, XPath 1.0, and XSLT 1.0.

Audience(s): Partner, Developer

Download site

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.2

In its continued commitment to interoperability, Microsoft has released a Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver for SQL Server.

Audience(s): Partner, Developer

Download site

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Objects

The SQL Server Management Objects (SMO) is a .NET Framework object model that enables software developers to create client-side applications to manage and administer SQL Server objects and services.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads:  X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

Microsoft OLEDB Provider for DB2

The Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 Version 2.0 is a COM component for integrating vital data stored in IBM DB2 databases with new solutions based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition and Developer Edition.

Audience(s): Customer, Developer

Downloads:  Package

SQL Server Remote Blob Store

The SQL Server Remote Blob Store is a method for storing blobs of unstructured data in an external Content Addressable data store.

Audience(s): Developer, DBA

Downloads:  X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client (SQL Native Client) is a single dynamic-link library (DLL) containing both the SQL OLE DB provider and SQL ODBC driver.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads:  X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Policies

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Policies are examples of how you can take advantage of Policy Based Management.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads:  Package

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Technologies

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies allows you to take advantage of SQL Server 2008 report processing and management capabilities in SharePoint integrated mode.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Download site

Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types

The SQL Server System CLR Types package contains the components implementing the new geometry, geography, and hierarchyid types in SQL Server 2008.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Downloads:  X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package

Microsoft Sync Framework

Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform that enables collaboration and offline access for applications, services and devices.

Audience(s): Customer, Developer

Downloads:  X86 Package, X64 Package, IA64 Package, X86 Package ADO, X64 Package ADO, IA64 Package ADO

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advisor

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advisor analyzes instances of SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 in preparation for upgrading to SQL Server 2008.

Audience(s): Customer, Partner, Developer

Download site

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