Microsoft disclosed SQL Server 2012 as the final name of its upcoming release during the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit. See what customers are already saying about the value SQL Server 2012 will bring to their business. Download the SQL Server CTP3 beta and try it out.

* Download SQL Server Connector for Hadoop
Microsoft SQL Server Connector for Apache Hadoop is a Sqoop-based connector that facilitates efficient data transfer between SQL Server 2008 R2 and Hadoop.

* Video: Learning the Basics in System Center VMM 2012
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM 2012) offers a new interface and new features for managing virtual machines, applications, and your cloud environments. In this video we are going to start with the basics – how to find and add a hypervisor host to the SCVMM interface, how to create hardware and software profiles, and finally, how to create virtual machines.