As with previous releases of SQL Server versions, Microsoft has released an “introducing” ebook that covers the new features that are a part of SQL Server 2008 R2. If you aren’t up to speed with the upcoming release, this is a great resource to give it a once over and understand what’s new.
The book is 10 chapters and 216 pages. So if you average a chapter a day, this should be easy to get through before the launch of R2 later next month. The book is segmented into two sections. One for DBAs and the other for BI folks – so those with more specialized interests can reduce some reading and learn the nuts of R2 in less than a week if they’d like.
I haven’t had a chance to read this yet. It has to wait until after SQL Saturday Chicago. When I do, I’ll put up a couple post reviewing the book.