Link: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (January 2011 Update)

If you want to understand the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 from a developer perspective, this training kit is a great resource! It contains a rich set of presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training.

This update includes a rich new set of content designed for developers who want to learn how to build their first Microsoft Business Intelligence solution with SQL Server 2008 R2. Microsoft BI solutions leverage your existing technology investments in .NET, SQL Server and Office to develop rich integrated reporting and analytics experiences that empower users to gain access to accurate, up-to-date information for better, more relevant decision making.

If you already have an application that uses Microsoft SQL Server, don’t forget to register it on the Microsoft Platform Ready site and run the Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool to assess for compliance with Microsoft-recommended requirements and test cases. Using the Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool, you can:

  • Identify possible compatibility and readiness issues
  • View a detailed report of test results
  • Create a results file which can be used to qualify for Microsoft Partner Network Competencies


To get started with Microsoft SQL Server, check out the following links to get your version of the product:

More learning resources are available from the SQL Server Developer Center on MSDN here.