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    PHP Driver Update

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    I've mentioned this driver for SQL Server before, but in case you have any boxes out there that you're using PHP on, make sure you check out this update. Here's the announcement, straight from the team: Version 1.0 RTM of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for...
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    A Friendly Reminder to Check Those Backups

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    As I rode home on the bus yestereday a young lady sitting next to me noticed me typing on my laptop, and asked me a question about, of all things, backups! She worked in a medical facility, and wondered why their backups took longer by the end of the...
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    The Bellevue Arts Festival and Software Development

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    This past Saturday my family and I went to the Bellevue Arts Festival near our home here in Washington. I'm constantly amazed by the "artist's eye" - someone gifted with being able to see what they want to draw, or paint, or make art out of any material...
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    DATAllegro Acquisition

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    You may have seen the announcements yesterday, but in case you haven’t, we had a pretty big acquisition announced at Microsoft yesterday that is great news for SQL Server. DATAllegro Inc. , a provider of data warehouse appliances. DATAllegro specializes...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals – The Data Collector and the Management data Warehouse

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 4:00pm - "Need for Speed": Now it’s time to tune my systems. Before I can tune them, I need to track them. Sure...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals – New Wizards and Dialogs

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 1:00pm - "New and Shiny": There are a few features in SQL Server that can be complex to implement...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals – Object Search

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 1:00pm - "New and Shiny": Sometimes it can be, well, a bit challenging to locate the objects you want to work on...
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    Velocity

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    If you attended TechEd Developers week you may have encountered the of the SQL Server Data Programmability team were announcing the Microsoft Sync Framework , or Project “Velocity” .  As a DBA or developer, you’re likely to run...
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    Quote of the Day

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    It's Friday already - wow, where did the week go? OK, I promised a "Quote of the day" every week, so here it is: If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room - African proverb
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    Free "Basic Training" for SQL Server

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    I answer a lot of questions about SQL Server - on forums, in newsgroups, in presentations and so on - and many are "101", or basic questions. That's great! I don't have a problem with that at all - I enjoy helping someone that is new to SQL Server learn...
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    Is Multi-Server Query Parallelized? Yes and no...

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    I was asked about the post I did on the multi-server query feature we put in SQL Server Management Studio 2008. Because it seems to render on the screen in a sequential fashion, the user thought the queries were issued one at a time from the Registered...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals - T-SQL Debugger

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 1:00pm - "New and Shiny": With the stored procedure I created ready to go, I need to test it - in case it's long...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals - Intellisense

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 1:00pm - "New and Shiny": In my DBA day I finally get a break to do something I really enjoy - new development....
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    Quote of the Week

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    I collect quotes - I think I'll start sharing those on Friday. I got a new one today: If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change. - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957)
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    Real World DBA Episode 18 – Connecting to SQL Server

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-18-Connecting-to-SQL-Server/ This week: In the news, the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack for RC0 is now available. In this week’s feature, we’ll talk about accessing SQL Server. The web link...
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    Security Bulletin for SQL Server 2005

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    You might notice that I blog quite often about security here, even though I'm on the management team. The reason is that over the years as a DBA I've seen so many shops that don't take care of the basics, so I think you just can't talk about it enough...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals - Resource Governor

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 10:00am - "Panic Button": While I'm examining the state of performance on my system, I discover that one set of...
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    The Surface Area Configuration Tool is dead - Long Live PBM!

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    If you're installing the latest release of SQL Server 2008, you'll probably immediately start looking for the Surface Area Configuration (SAC) tool. It's been removed, and replaced with new Policies that we ship with the Policy Based Management feature...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals - PowerShell - Activity Monitor

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 10:00am - "Panic Button": All of us get called from our cubes to come take a look at a performance problem. You...
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    SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack RC0

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    The SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack for RC0 is now live - if you haven't downloaded this and played with it yet, shame on you! :) OK - just kidding - it's not like you don't have a day job. However, if you'll take a few moments and look this download over...
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    Blogs, Blogs Everywhere...

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    Have you noticed a preponderance of new blogs and blog entries from the Microsoft teams lately? Well, there's a reason... During a release we get so "heads down" on the code that there is little time to talk about it. As the code solidifies and we...
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