SQL Server Links

General Information

SQL Server Home Page Microsoft's home page for SQL Server.

Server Configuration

Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server Partition alignment, performance implications and tools.

SQL Server Tools

SQL IO Disk Subsystem Benchmark Tool Tool simulating the IO patterns exhibited by SQL Server. Useful for calculating the maximum throughput of your IO subsystem.
SQL Server Health and History Tool (SQLH2) Collects information from instances of SQL Server, store this information, and run reports against the data in order to determine how SQL Server is being used.
SQL Server Health and History Tool (SQLH2) Performance Collector Stand-alone service of Microsoft Windows that collects and stores performance counter data from selected servers. You should install this optional component if you are interested in collecting performance counters along with system information.
SQL Server Health and History Tool (SQLH2) Reports Report definitions needed to view the data collected by the Microsoft SQL Server Health and History Tool (SQLH2).
Best Practices Analyzer Tool for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 1.0 Verify the implementation of common Best Practices. These best practices typically relate to the usage and administration aspects of SQL Server databases and ensure that your SQL Servers are managed and operated well.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack, April 2009 A collection of stand-alone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2008.

SQL Server Communities

SQL Server Worldwide Users Group A great source for SQL Server knowledge. The SQL Server ListServer here is particularly active with great contributors from around the globe.
Professional Association for SQL Server A global organisation that runs conferences centred around SQL Server.
SQLDev.net Established by a former member of Microsoft's SQL Server development team, this site features numerous scripts and tools.
SQLTeam.com Lots of resources here.
4 Guys From Rolla's SQL Guru Page SQL Server specific questions and answers from a great general development site.
SQL Server Central Another active community.

Specialist Sites

SQLDTS.com Focusing on Data Transformation Services, some good resources here.
SQLIS.com Brought to you by the same team that brought you SQLDTS.com, this is a great resource for SQL Server Integration Services.
Sql-Server-Performance.com Focusing on high performance SQL Server.

Online Tutorials

MDX Gentle Tutorial Although not Microsoft MDX, this is a well-explained, easy introduction to MDX.