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To help you optimize the time you have to conduct an evaluation of the upcoming version of SQL Server 2008, we’ve put together this convenient page of SQL Server 2008 resources.

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SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 Feature Pack

In addition to SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0, download the Release Candidate 0 Feature Pack, a collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008.  It contains 15 new components and includes the latest versions of:

  • Redistributable components for SQL Server 2008
  • Add-on providers for SQL Server 2008
  • Backward compatibility components for SQL Server 2008

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Key Resources

Use these key resources to learn more about SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server Blogs

Check out the latest blogs.

Review SQL Server 2008 Solution Areas

Read about the SQL Server 2008 features most relevant to your business.

White Papers

Webcasts and Virtual Labs

Find webcasts and virtual labs to help you learn about SQL Server 2008.

Microsoft Learning

Check SQL Server 2008 Learning Portal often for new special offers for training on Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Featured Microsoft Learning Content

  • Free e-book offer: Get a free offer of excerpts from Introducing SQL Server 2008 by Peter DeBetta

Free e-learning offers

Go to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Learning Portal now!

Featured Technology Demos

User Group Locator

Learn from other users.

Share Knowledge and Code, Stay Current with your Network and Peers and Learn from the Experts


Win a Windows Home Server!

Evaluate SQL Server 2008 or other Microsoft Server products and you could win a Windows Home Server. For the official rules visit  Evalu’08

Join PASS!

Register for the upcoming PASS Summit

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is the only independent, user-run, not-for-profit association dedicated to the SQL Server community. The goal is to provide you with the definitive resource to network with your peers, exchange tips and tricks, and gain access to the latest in SQL Server and Microsoft BI education, information, and news. PASS also engages Microsoft product teams, developers, technical fellows, MVPs and others to help develop programs, educational content and speakers to meet the needs of our community. For more information on membership benefits and the 2008 PASS Community Summit, visit