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Published Wednesday, January 9, 2008 10:25 PM by RickHeiges

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AaronBertrand said:

Hi Rick,

I signed up for this, and don't get me wrong it is a very serious and generous offer.  But my understanding was that "latest" version of SQL Server 2008 was actually currently the July CTP?  Did they run a refresh of some kind?

January 9, 2008 10:43 PM

rjones said:


I'm one of the administrators for the Beta - we upgraded from the July CTP (CTP4) to the November CTP (CTP5) when it was released by Microsoft.  If you should have any problems, questions, or concerns, I'm usually keeping an eye on the forums.

Enjoy the Beta!


January 10, 2008 5:08 PM

jerryhung said:

Cool, Ryan

because actually I signed up yesterday following this post, and apparently it registered me, despite displaying the error of "we are not accepting email from this domain", which is

Now I can login ("jerryhung"), but don't know how to test SQL 2008, I received no email either

January 11, 2008 9:36 AM

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