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Aaron Bertrand

Aaron is a Product Evangelist for SentryOne, makers of Plan Explorer and a performance monitoring and event management platform for the Microsoft Data Platform and VMware. He has been blogging here at since 2006, focusing on manageability, performance, and new features, and also blogs at and; has been a Microsoft MVP since 1997; tweets as @AaronBertrand; and speaks frequently at major conferences, user group meetings, and SQL Saturday events worldwide.

SQL Server 2008 Books Online update is available

Well, let me be more precise: there is an updated version of Books Online online.  As reported earlier by Buck Woody, the online version of SQL Server 2008 Books Online has been updated (we are seeing the updates now but the content was refreshed June 29th).  The download has not been made available as of yet; this usually takes several days to get the packages together, get them up on the download servers, and then distribute the links throughout the download sites and other Microsoft properties.

When I was looking around to try and spot the downloadable version, I was quickly re-introduced to some peculiarities I've noticed before but didn't care enough to comment on.  Most importantly:

I complained about this more formally here:

#472985 : DOC : Make Books Online downloads more discoverable and current

Anyway, you can watch this page to see if they update it when the new version becomes available for download (or, as Buck suggests, you can wait for Microsoft Update to download the new version for you).


Published Tuesday, July 7, 2009 1:36 PM by AaronBertrand



tosc said:

Hallo Aaron,

I absolute agree with you, it's a kind of confusing in and of itself - unpleasant.



July 8, 2009 3:31 AM
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