SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Install Experience
Posted by denglishbi on August 11, 2009
Yesterday the Express and Enterprise Evaluation Editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP became available to download within the TechNet/MSDN subscription area. I downloaded the software and ran the install so I could check out some of the new features. There are a few UI and naming changes in the installation wizard. The one new addition is the Feature Role where you can perform the SQL Server Feature Installation (database engine, SSAS, SSRS, SSIS, etc.) or the Analysis Services with SharePoint Integration. This new integration is to setup Gemini Services in a SharePoint farm – Enterprise version of SharePoint Fourteen (14 or 2010, thought it was odd how they spelled it out) is needed to perform this setup.
Here are some screenshots of the whole install process (Build version 10.50.1092):
Not that it matters, but I performed this install on a Windows 7 RC Ultimate virtual PC that also has the Office 2010 Technology Preview installed on it.
There is a new version of the BOL for the 2008 R2 release that you can download and review. Just be careful because they will replace and upgrade your existing versions if you have one.
Well that was all for now. More postings to come later as I start to use the new items and check out some of the changes and additions as I use the August CTP release.