I recently had the opportunity to do two presentation on SQL Server R2 for the DBA. In the first session there were approximately 150 attendees and at the second there were approximately 400 attendees. The recording is available here and you can download the slide deck here. I would like to correct something I said about the Utility Control Point and Data-Tier applications. They are only available in SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, SQL Azure and SQL Server 2008 R2. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 CTP is available. There are some limited capabilities in SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 pre service pack 2.
Thanks to all that attended the sessions and if you have any questions regarding the presentation please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on twitter, @patrickdba.
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Patrick LeBlanc, SQL Server MVP, MCTS
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