■ The Utility Control Point (UCP)
As the central reasoning point for the SQL Server
Utility, the Utility Control Point collects configuration and performance information
from managed instances of SQL Server every 15 minutes.
■ Data-tier applications
A data-tier application (DAC) is a single unit of deployment
containing all of the database’s schema, dependant objects, and deployment requirements
used by an application.
■ Customization of utilization thresholds and policies DBAs can customize the
utilization threshold and policies for managed instances of SQL Server and deployed
data-tier applications to suit the needs of their environments.
■ Parallel Data Warehouse Parallel Data Warehouse is a highly scalable appliance
for enterprise data warehousing. It consists of both software and hardware designed to meet the needs of the largest data warehouses.
■ Installation of SQL Server with Sysprep Organizations have been using the
System Preparation tool (Sysprep) for many years now to automate the deployment
of operating systems. SQL Server 2008 R2 introduces this technology to SQL Server.
■ Analysis Services integration with SharePoint
SQL Server Backward Compatibility