SQL 2008 RTM download now available from MSDN

As you may have already seen elsewhere, SQL 2008 was released to manufacturing yesterday. View the official press release here. The good news is that all the editions except Express are available for download right now if you have an MSDN subscription (be warned each edition contains the x86,x64 and IA64 versions so they are 3 GB!). Happy downloading and congratulations to the whole SQL Team for shipping SQL 2008.

If you don't have a Technet or MSDN subscription you can download the 180 Day Trial Version here

Update Visual Studio 2008 SP1 RTM is now available (download links here)

Note Because parts of SQL 2008 requires VS 2008 SP1 (which has not yet been released) if you have VS 2008 installed you may encounter some issues during setup as explained in KB 956139. Since I have VS 2008 installed on all my normal PC's I'll be sticking with VM's for SQL 2008 until VS 2008 SP1 is released. For server installations this issue won't be a problem.

Published Thursday, August 7, 2008 8:49 AM by sqldbatips
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# Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 RTM download now available

As mentioned in a previous post , parts of SQL 2008 require you to have Visual Studio 2008 SP1 RTM installed