I will be releasing a series of blogs related to Policy Based Management and PowerShell in SQL Server 2008. As a precursor to these blogs, I wanted to be sure that everyone is aware of the many great resources available online.
Policy-Based Management Blog
The SQL Server Manageability Team has started a new blog related to Policy-Based Management. This site will provide some great learning content for the terminology and development of policies. http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlpbm/
SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack
The following site will provide a number of additional features that you can download and use with SQL Server 2008. Of particular interest is the download for the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Policies, which are policies that were developed for all of the best practices represented in previous versions of the Microsoft SQL Server Best Practice Analyzer. I find these policies to be great tools to learn about the different ways to develop, deploy and evaluate policies. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=089A9DAD-E2DF-43E9-9CD8-C06320520B40&displaylang=en
SQL Server 2008 RC0 Books Online
SQL Server 2008 RC0 SQL Server Books Online can be downloaded and installed on your desktop (without negatively impacting other versions of Books Online). The documentation contains many great learning resources for Policy Based Management and PowerShell (and loads of other stuff). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=19DB0B42-A5B2-456F-9C5C-F295CDD58D7A&displaylang=en
If you are reticent to installing Books Online on your desktop, you can access the entire contents of BOL online: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb543165(SQL.100).aspx
Watch for some very interesting material coming soon...