All the razzamatazz about new releases go on about what's new but hardly ever is there discussion of what's been removed. So that's the topic of this short post.

In the Books Online that comes with the July CTP of SS2008 (here's a link to the download page), the topic Discontinued Database Engine Functionality in SQL Server 2008 lists the following:

Category Discontinued feature Replacement

Aliases

sp_addalias

Replace aliases with a combination of user accounts and database roles. For more information, see CREATE USER (Transact-SQL) and CREATE ROLE (Transact-SQL). Remove aliases in upgraded databases by using sp_dropalias (Transact-SQL).

Backup and restore

DUMP statement

BACKUP

Backup and restore

LOAD statement

RESTORE

Backup and restore

BACKUP LOG WITH NO_LOG

None. The transaction log is automatically truncated when the database is using the simple recovery model. If you must remove the log backup chain from a database, switch to the simple recovery model.

Backup and restore

BACKUP LOG WITH TRUNCATE_ONLY

None. The transaction log is automatically truncated when the database is using the simple recovery model. If you must remove the log backup chain from a database, switch to the simple recovery model.

Backup and restore

BACKUP TRANSACTION

BACKUP LOG

Backup and restore

sp_helpdevice

Query the sys.backup_devices catalog view.

Compatibility level

60, 65, and 70 compatibility levels

Databases must be set to at least compatibility level 80.

DBCC

DBCC CONCURRENCYVIOLATION

None

Groups

sp_addgroup

Use roles.

Groups

sp_changegroup

Use roles.

Groups

sp_dropgroup

Use roles.

Groups

sp_helpgroup

Use roles.

Sample databases

Northwind and pubs

Use AdventureWorks. Northwind and pubs are available as downloads, or can be copied from a previous installation of SQL Server.

For more information, see AdventureWorks Sample Databases.

Most of these aren't going to bother people much I would guess but removing BACKUP LOG WITH NO_LOG is going to cause problems. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that it's being removed (see my previous post for why I think it's evil) but it's going to break a lot of people who rely on it now for managing their transaction logs instead of taking log backups or switching to SIMPLE recovery mode.