Year of SQL? Marketing, pah! However, Microsoft UK are running a Year of SQL campaign. Worth joining for the preview CDs and resource kit (sent to you free, UK only) and to apparently hear Tony Rogerson's dulcet northern tones on a blog cast early next week. If you can't wait for the CD MSDN are hosting virtual labs (IE only), remote machines with tutorials for each of the major features in SQL2005. It's a little amusing that currently the cookie trail for each of the labs calls them "Compiling Java Applications with J#", you can ignore that, they do go to the right virtual machines.