One of the biggest new features in SQL server 2008 is Policy Based Management (PBM), which used to be called Declarative Management Framework (DMF).

This feature can be compared to a “state machine” – that means it can set a state for you and either enforce that state or report on the state.


You can use PBM for more than just ensuring that a database setting stays the same or that you can tell when someone makes a configuration change.


Using this feature can be a bit complicated. To help you understand how PBM works and what you can do with it, Microsoft has created a new blog about PBM.

You can find this new site here. You’ll find it’s a bit different because normally you know who the author is. In this case, the blog is maintained by the entire team.


Check it out, and check it often!