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SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Now Available!

Discussion in 'SQL Server 2005 General DBA Questions' started by satya, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. satya Moderator

    Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 is available for download on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Subscriber Downloads site (http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/ ) to Enterprise, Universal, and Professional subscribers.

    Microsoft also announced today that SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 includes support for the AMD Opteron with Direct Connect Architecture.

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  2. satya Moderator

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/jul04/07-26SupportAMDOpteronPR.asp - Customers and Partners Invited to Start Testing Expanded 64-Bit Functionality With SQL Server 2005 Beta 2.

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  3. ykchakri New Member

    Looks like everyone is pounding on the server. Took more than 5 hours to download this 500 MB ISO image. Finally downloaded and installed on a test server. Install took more time than SQL Server 2K. Especially due to the pre-requisite installations like .net framework.

    I really like the new looks of 'Management Studio'. I think I got bored enough looking at the same old EM for the past 4 years. Really like the way each action opens in a new window and you can still minimize it and go back to the console.
  4. satya Moderator

    True, I haven't got time to get hands on Beta2 and hoping to scratch during the weekend... ho ho ho..

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  5. hmekhsian New Member

    Anyone know what the performance limitations are on SQL Server Express? Can it be used as a cheap production SQL Server, or does it have similar limitations as MSDE?

    Any technical descriptions of the limitations would be great.

    Thanks
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  7. hmekhsian New Member

    Thanks satya.

    According to that article:

    "In fact, it is differentiated from the rest of the SQL Server 2005 editions only by the following:

    Lack of enterprise features support
    Limited to one CPU
    One GB memory limit for the buffer pool
    Databases have a 4GB maximum size "

    MS is really giving away a lot for free.

  8. hmekhsian New Member

    Although it says you need Visual Studio 2005 before you can install SQL Server Express! That's not free as far as I know... Is VS 2005 even out?
  9. Argyle New Member

    SQL Server Express is still in Beta. Think they will release it at the same time as VS 2005.

    Another thing that it doesn't have that MSDE have is support for DTS runtime:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2004/07/01/171005.aspx

    But on the other hand you no longer have a workload governor and that is a major plus.
  10. bradmcgehee New Member

    If you want a copy of SQL Server 2005 Beta 2, and you don't have access to MSDN downloads, you can get a copy if you attent PASS, or if you cannot attend PASS, you can sign up athttp://msdn.microsoft.com/sql/bugs/ to become a beta tester of SQL Server 2005. To sign up as a beta tester, you will need a Microsoft Passport account. I just talked to one of my Microsoft contacts today, and he said that they will looking for a lot more beta testers. When filling out the survey, be sure to mention that you want to specifically beta test SQL Server 2005.

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  11. satya Moderator

    Brad

    Thats really good news about inviting more beta testers.

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  12. bj007 New Member

    what should I do to get the msdn subscription. I have a hotmail account. I hope this is the passport.

    I want to download and test Yukon. thanks for your help.
    bj
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  14. bradmcgehee New Member

    bj007 MSDN subscriptions cost a fee, while the beta program is free, and it your best bet for getting the beta of SQL Server 2005.

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