SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2 Customer Technology Preview (CTP) Available

As part of our commitment to delivering and supporting high-quality software to our customers, Microsoft is pleased to announce SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 CTP. Customers with existing investments on SQL Server 2008 R2 are encouraged to explore Service Pack 2 CTP. Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 R2 includes product improvements based on requests from the SQL Server community and hotfix solutions provided in SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Cumulative Updates 1 to 5. A few highlights are as follows:

  • Reporting Services Charts Maybe Zoomed & Cropped
    Customers using Reporting Services on Windows 7 may sometime find charts are zoomed in and cropped.  To work around the issue some customers set ImageConsolidation to false.   
  • Batch Containing Alter Table not Cached
    In certain situations with batch files containing the alter table command, the entire batch file is not cached.   
  • Collapsing Cells or Rows, If Hidden Render Incorrectly
    Some customers who have hidden rows in their Reporting Services reports may have noticed rendering issues when cells or rows are collapsed.  When writing a hidden row, the Style attribute is opened to write a height attribute. If the attribute is empty and the width should not be zero.   

    SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 provides software solutions for these customer reported issues and more.  For more details please visit the KB article 2630455 accompanying the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 CTP release. Customers running SQL Server 2008 R2 can now download and test the SP2 CTP and send feedback to Microsoft for continuous product improvement.

    To download the SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 release please select from the links below:

    We look forward to your feedback!