Yukon to Ship with Features Securely Off

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To make it yet more secure, the purportedly ultra-secure "Yukon" version of SQL Server will ship with features turned off by default. But it's not just Yukon that's going to be bolted down—SQL Server itself is getting tighter all the time

In an effort to make it more secure, Microsoft Corp.'s "Yukon" version of its SQL Server database will ship with certain features turned off, according to Microsoft Director of Product Management for SQL Server Tom Rizzo, in Redmond, Wash.

Rizzo said that, while it's too early to say exactly which features will be turned off, core functionality features will be left on in order to ensure that getting the database running out of the box won't be a nightmare. "We don't want you to go to install it and find it won't work out of the box," he said.

Microsoft engineers are also working to ensure that customers won't have to go through painful gyrations to turn on the turned-off features. "New functionality—extensions and things that make the server even better—we'll turn off by default, but we'll make it easy to turn those back on. We don't want customers to say, 'Hey, I like XYZ feature, but I have to go through this nightmare process to turn it on.'"

There are signs that the second beta of "Yukon" (which is the code name for Microsoft Corp.'s update of its SQL Server database), originally expected in late spring or early summer, is already well on its way.

While Beta 1 is a closed beta for past testers and certain customers only, Beta 2 will be public, and people interested in Yukon will be able to participate in Microsoft's Customer Preview Program.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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