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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SR4 sample database installer available

    Based on the success of the new sample databases installer we created for SQL Server 2008R2, we've created a new samples refresh (SR4) for SQL Server 2008 on CodePlex at http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=37109 . This is a much simpler and more robust installer...
  • Blog Post: AdventureWorks 2008R2 November CTP is now live on CodePlex!

    The AdventureWorks 2008R2 November CTP sample databases are now live on CodePlex at http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=24854 ! This is a beta quality release. We’re still addressing some relatively minor issues that came up during testing, but we feel that the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) October 2009 Samples Refresh 3 Available

    SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) October 2009 Samples Refresh 3 is now available. SQL Server 2008 (Katmai) Product Samples Refresh 3 is now live at http://sqlserversamples.codeplex.com/ . There are numerous bug fixes and a new sample, RSPermissions which demonstrates how to write an application which manages...
  • Blog Post: VS/SSMS settings and the Fault Retry functionality

    Doug Holland (a C# MVP) has opened two work items in Connect. The first one is about being able to share settings between VS and SSMS for those of us who do both DBA and developer work. You shouldn't have to specify font, color, or tab settings twice, or at least you should be able to import settings...
  • Blog Post: The transition to community based development

    The times they are a changin' When I first started working on code to share with the SQL Community that code shipped in the box with very little community participation. Over the years my job has changed and so has the processes we use to create open source samples and tools that we share with you...
  • Blog Post: New step-by-step instructions for installing sample databases

    The new sample database installers which shipped at the end of October 2008 greatly simplify the installation process for the sample databases. For one thing, there are only three installers to choose from instead of tens of installers. Just pick the install that is right for the architecture of the...
  • Blog Post: Fault Retry provider and sample

    Have you ever tried using high availability technology like SQL Server database mirroring and been surprised when your ADO.NET client didn't seemlessly switch from the principal to the failover partner but instead reported an exception? The Fault Retry provider and sample ( http://www.codeplex.com/SqlFaultRetryProvide...
  • Blog Post: October 2008 SQL Server Samples Refresh

    We've completed an October refresh of the SQL Server 2008 samples ( http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples ). We've heard from you that the install experience for the databases was too complex and error prone. In this refresh we're providing a much simpler install experience with a lot fewer database installers...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Samples are here!

    SQL Server 2008 samples are now available at http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples . That's our portal page to many different product and community projects on CodePlex with samples for SQL Server. On the releases tab of the portal page you'll find installers for downloading all the code samples. If you...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 is here!

    Great news! SQL Server 2008 is now available for download for MSDN subscribers from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx . We're putting the finishing touches on the samples and should have updated installers available for you in the next few days. I'll blog again when...
  • Blog Post: SQLRSS: an open source project for creating an RSS feed from database changes

    Have you ever wanted an RSS feed that displayed changes to a database? SQLRSS ( http://codeplex.com/SQLRSS ) may be just the ticket for you. This application uses the SQL Server 2008 feature called Change Data Tracking to gather changes made to the database (by any client) and then posts the changes...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 is here!

    SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has shipped! You can get RC0 from http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/trial-software.aspx . After you've installed SQL Server 2008, try out the latest batch of samples and sample databases at http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples . New for this release...
  • Blog Post: The AdventureWorks 2008 Family of Sample Databases

    There is a new AdventureWorks family of sample databases available for SQL Server 2008 February CTP at https://www.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=MSFTDBProdSamples . The AdventureWorks 2008 family of databases demonstrates some of the new features of SQL Server 2008. This family...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Samples February CTP now live at CodePlex!

    SQL Server 2008 February CTP is now live on http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/default.mspx . With this wonderful, feature packed CTP we also have some great companion samples and sample databases which you can find at our portal page: http://CodePlex.com/SqlServerSamples . The readme for this sample...
  • Blog Post: FAQ Updated

    Have you ever had problems installing CLR samples or the Storefront sample because you get an error like the one below? Msg 15208, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 The certificate, asymmetric key, or private key file does not exist or has invalid format. If so you might want to check out the Samples...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 November CTP is here!

    SQL Server 2008 November CTP is here: http://connect.microsoft.com/sqlserver . A lot of cool features come online with this release. Maybe the most exciting for developers and DBAs alike with be the return of intellisense to SSMS! Other exciting features for developers include Filestream support and...
  • Blog Post: Take SQL Server 2008 July CTP for a spin

    SQL Server 2008 July CTP is now available at https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=5395 . The samples for the July CTP are available at http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples along with your favorite SQL Server 2005 SP2 samples. Some folks have been confused about how...
  • Blog Post: But wait, there's more!

    Today the next release of SQL Server was announced: SQL Server code name "Katmai" or SQL Server 2008. You can download the June 2007 CTP from here: https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/content/content.aspx?ContentID=5395 . As always your humble samples team is on top of the situation and has Katmai...
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