June 2007 - Posts

CTP3 of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is now available!

Greetings,

CTP3 of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 with new Monitoring and Analytics functionality is now available!

We are proud to announce the ENU (English) release of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP3 software! This release contains new, updated Monitoring and Analytics functionality. See the “What’s new from PerformancePoint Server CTP3” document from the following Connect site for the details.  Note that we will be introducing a new Monitoring SDK next week to the site (under documentation Zip File).

The Planning bits however will remain at CTP2 level of functionality (until the full-update CTP4 which arrives early-mid August).

This is now available to Internal Microsoft Users and TAP customers – and shortly will be announced externally through the Marketing Team and the MSConnect email notification. Note that CTP3 will also be available in localized languages German and Japanese in about 4 weeks time – look for a separate announcement on this.

MSConnect and Download
You can download the files within the "Download" section of Microsoft Connect (https://connect.microsoft.com/default.aspx). Prior to getting access to the download page you must take the mandatory survey (if you haven’t already) and agree to the Licensing terms. We encourage all CTP members to actively use the newsgroups and feedback section for assistance and to provide feedback/submit bugs regarding the CTP3 software release. Additional product information about Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can be found at www.microsoft.com/performancepoint.

Newsgroups
You will now have access to two newsgroups:
Microsoft.beta.office.performancepoint.monitoranalyze (Concerto and ProClarity questions)
Microsoft.beta.office.performancepoint.planning (Biz# questions)

The first newsgroup, for monitoring and analytic questions, will be replacing the previously established "Concerto" newsgroups. For those that have already signed up to participate in this newsgroup the changes should take no more then four simple steps. Within Outlook Express select Tools, Newsgroups, click on Microsoft.beta.office.performancepoint.monitoranalyze and then subscribe. For those that have yet to sign up for the newsgroups, please follow the directions found on the Microsoft Connect site, under "Newsgroups" to add this new account to your newsgroup reader.

The second newsgroup, for planning questions, will be replacing the previously established "Biz #" newsgroups. For those that have already signed up to participate in this newsgroup the changes should take no more then four simple steps. Within Outlook Express select Tools, Newsgroups, click on Microsoft.beta.office.performancepoint.planning and then subscribe. For those that have yet to sign up for the newsgroups, please follow the directions found on the Microsoft Connect site, under "Newsgroups" to add this new account to your newsgroup reader.

Feedback
The feedback and bug forms have been updated. The next time you supply feedback or bugs to the CTP team, you will be able to specify which product your feedback is for, what build you are working with, and what company you represent. We encourage you to provide as much detail such as error messages, and steps to reproduce the issue to increase the resolution time on all feedback and bug issues.

Please do not hesitate to contact your PerformancePoint Server 2007 CTP team members at ppsadmin@microsoft.com. If you have any questions regarding the newly updated newsgroup and feedback functions.

Coming Soon: SQL Server SoundBytes!

The U.K. SQL Server PFE team is preparing, starting from September 2007, a series of SQL Server SoundBytes aimed to deliver proactive content to our Premier customer via Livemeeting.

 

Premier SoundByte sessions will be ideal for customers who need proactive information, for whom it may not be convenient to leave the office to come to a workshop.

 

Agenda is as follows:

 

Date

Title

3rd September 2007

SQL Server 2005 Database Clustering

17th September 2007

SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring: Let the witness take the stand.

1st October 2007

SQL Server 2005 Configuration Best Practices

15th October 2007

Partitioned Tables and Indexes in SQL Server 2005

29th October 2007

SQL Server 2005 Memory Architecture

12th November 2007

SQL Server on SAN environment

26th November 2007

SQL Server 2005: Corruption Detection and Recovery

10th December 2007

SQL Server 2008

 

Please contact your TAM if you are interested in attending a SoundByte and they will nominate you to attend.

This is a UK delivery so the this is limited to UK Customer attendance.

If a customer has a global contract with local representation in the UK then the local TAM could book them onto the session.

 

Beatrice.

Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is available

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 hotfixes are created for specific SQL Server service packs. You must apply a SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) hotfix to an installation of SQL Server 2005 SP2. By default, any hotfix that is provided in a SQL Server service pack is included in the next SQL Server service pack.

The cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2005 SP2 contains the SQL Server 2005 hotfixes that have been released since the release of SQL Server 2005 SP2 occurred.

Note This cumulative update package is also known as build 3175.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936305

 

Cheers,

Itay

Webcast - Katmai overview

TechEd webcast of Dave Campbell’s Katmai Overview presentation at:

 

TechNet Webcast: The Next Release of Microsoft SQL Server: Overview (Level 200)

Monday, June 4, 2007

12:00 P.M. - 1:15 P.M. Pacific Time

 

Enjoy,

 

Cheers,

Itay Braun

The first public CTP of Katmai is now available

The first public CTP of Katmai (soon will be officaialy called SQL Server 2008) will be available for download from http://connect.microsoft.com/sqlserver. Download links will be live on Monday (June 4th 2007) morning at 8:30am EST (18:00 in the UK). Please see attached documents highlights of the June CTP.

 

I'll focus on the SSAS (this is my territory) and promise to bring you more highlights (especially after Tech Ready 5 in July).

 

Cheers,

Itay Braun

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