Unless you were living under a rock, you couldn’t miss Microsoft’s announcements today about the next version of Windows from the //build conference. It was announced you would be able to download the developer preview here as of tonight. However, that is just the client from what I can tell. What you may not know is that you can also download the Server version – and that is what I’m more interested in. It’s up on MSDN if you have a subscription. I didn’t see it on the TechNet subscription downloads (at least not yet).

Of course, there will be failover clustering enhancements revealed this week. Once they are public, I may address some of them as they relate to SQL. However, if you plan on attending my PASS pre-conference “A Deep Dive into AlwaysOn: Failover Clustering and Availability Groups” on October 11 (and if you haven’t registered, why not?), I should have some Windows 8-based demos (fingers crossed). I just finished downloading the Windows Server Developer Preview … here we go!