You’ve probably seen that SQL Server 2008 has RTM’ed and as it is a key component of SBS 2008 and EBS 2008, then you might want to find out more about what it can do. With the loss of ISA Server in the Premium Edition of SBS 2008, then quite a few people are wondering what the value proposition is going to be to justify the extra cost of the Premium version. Microsoft has included SQL Server 2008 Standard Ed (SQL Server 2005 in SBS 2003 R2 was the Workgroup Ed) and can be installed on the Server 2008 licensed server that also comes with SBS 2008. Even if you use virtualisation, then this is a great LOB platform.

However, knowing SQL Server in any sort of depth is not an easy thing and there is only so much you can know, but now is a great time to learn more about SQL Server 2008. One blog you should definitely follow is Andrew Fryer’s on SQL Server and check out the SQL Server 2008 Unleashed Event on 10th September down at TVP, Reading.

Georgina also has a list of the upcoming Technet Events which include two events focused on SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 in Bristol and London on 22nd and 29th October.