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Microsoft released SQL Server 2012 to manufacturing a few days ago. It will go on sale in the beginning of April, but as a Gold Certified Partner we have already gotten our hands on it. Microsoft SQL Server is the database engine that we use for our products, such as SiteFactory CMS and Dirigo.

We have deployed SQL Server 2012 on a virtual server to perform compatibility tests with our main product SiteFactory CMS, and the only thing we had to change was the Compatibility Level in our SiteFactory CMS Installer, to be able to create the database. When this was changed, everything went smooth. No surprise there.

So the conclusion is that SiteFactory CMS works like a charm on the newly released database server. It’s great to work with Microsoft technology, as we rarely run in to any compatibility issues.

The year 2012 will be an interesting year with the upcoming release of my favorite products; Windows Server 8 and Visual Studio 11 (and of course the newly released SQL Server 2012).

All our Web Servers run Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2, and we will begin upgrading them to SQL Server 2012 soon.

Yesterday Microsoft released Visual Studio 11 beta. Eager to install it on my production machine, I finally came to my senses and installed it on a virtual machine instead. My first impression was the sexy installer.

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Much cleaner UI

The user interface is much cleaner and I love the new icons.

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I haven’t begun testing .Net Framework 4.5 yet, but I’ve read a lot about it and I will start testing it with our products soon.

I’m really excited by the new version of Visual Studio and I look forward to installing it on my production machine.