Planning, Product overviews, feature lists:

Check which SQL server release can run on which OS, latest cumulative updates, etc.

MS SQL Server 2008:

MS SQL Server 2012:

MS SQL Server 2008 R2:

Books Online:

  • Books Online – the complete documentation set for SQL Server 2008

Upgrading tools and information:

A fresh installation, followed by a transfer of your databases is the recommended way of upgrading your SQL server installation. If that is not an option, you can perform an in-place upgrade.

ServicePacks and Hotfix information and downloads:


MS SQL 2008 R2:

 MS SQL Server 2008:

General info, system requirements, supported configurations:

  • 974829 – Some packages of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition for Small Business Server display incorrect information about supported operating systems
  • 956893 – Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running on a virtual machine in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment
  • 822400 – Description of disaster recovery options for Microsoft SQL Server
  • 327518 – The Microsoft SQL Server support policy for Microsoft Clustering
  • 254321 – Clustered SQL Server do’s, don’ts, and basic warnings
  • 835185 – Failover cluster resource dependencies in SQL Server
  • 2157198 – 32bit SQL Server Failover Clustering is not supported on a 64bit Windows Operating System
  • 945936 – The DHCP support is not available when you install SQL Server 2005 on a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster
  • 942176 – Description of the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) service and of alternatives to clustering the SSIS service
  • 922664 – SQL Server is not supported on Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers that run a Windows operating system
  • 304261 – Description of support for network database files in SQL Server
  • 2001270 – Things to consider when setting up database mirroring in SQL Server
  • 944837 – Description of the Replay Markup Language (RML) Utilities for SQL Server
  • 956208 – Description of cross-version compatibility scenarios for merge replication in SQL Server Compact 3.5
  • 309422 – Guidelines for choosing antivirus software to run on the computers that are running SQL Server

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