Ascending Denali — SQL Server,

Mike Gilronan
2 min readNov 25, 2020

This article was originally posted on August 10, 2011.

Today, Microsoft released to the public the product guide for Community Technology Preview #3 of the upcoming release of SQL Server, code-named “Denali.”

I had the opportunity in the Spring to see some of the new capabilities of this release of SQL Server, including the (most interesting/exciting to me) reporting tool called “ Project Crescent.” Many attendees at this year’s Convergence, Tech Ed, and WPC events got to see it included in some of the sexier demos at those events.

The SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide includes useful resources and demos that will help partners like KMA, and our clients, in their evaluation of CTP3. This includes:

  • 14 Product Datasheets
  • 8 PowerPoint Presentations
  • 5 Technical White Papers
  • 13 Hands-On Lab Preview Documents
  • 6 Click-Through Demonstrations
  • 13 Self-Running Demonstrations
  • 26 Links to On-Line References
  • 44 Links to On-Line Videos including 26 Presentations from North America TechEd 2011

I would encourage anyone with an investment in SQL Server to avail themselves of these “fresh-off-the-presses” resources, and to take this opportunity to provide feedback to Microsoft on this CTP version of Denali.

The product Guide can be obtained here:

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Mike Gilronan

Project management, financial management, and knowledge management. Microsoft 365 aficionado. Opinions and Philly attytood are my own.