64-bit Excel Driver in Microsoft Office 14

First, the good news... If you use SQL Server Integration Services to load data to or from Excel files or Access databases, then a 64-bit driver is headed your way. This is great news for SSIS users in a 64-bit world. Soon you'll be able to run your packages in 64-bit mode on 64-bit computers, rather than wrestle with obscure settings to force some packages to 32-bit mode. The next version of Microsoft Office, Office 14, will be available in a 64-bit version. This version will include a 64-bit version... [More]

Connectors now available for SAP BI, Oracle, and Teradata

Both of the promised post-RTM packages of connectors for use with SQL Server 2008 Enterprise and Developer are now available for download, since last Friday's release of the October Feature Pack that contains the SAP BI connector. Each set consists of a connection manager, source, and destination, and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. In both cases, Microsoft took advantage of the existing expertise of third-party companies to develop these high-performance connectivity components. ... [More]