Monday, December 23, 2013

Where is SQL Server 2012 Books Online?

I have run quite a few v2012 installations recently, and I wanted to post a couple of quick notes for my readers.  The installation is still rather lengthy, but it is all pretty straightforward.  The features do appear differently throughout the install, in comparison to v2008.  You will see those differences noted here:
One notable difference --  Books Online is gone!  If you've managed SQL Server for as long as I have, you may also find this a little odd.  In short, Microsoft has moved to a new Help technology.  The documentation is no longer included in the installation, and it must be either viewed online, or downloaded as a local help collection. 
Fortunately, you can still install BOL as you've used it before, as written here by Kumar Vivek: 
Lastly, this topic describes the differences of v2012 at the level of each component, such as the installation, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, etc.  

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