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  • Blog Post: Using the @ in SQL Azure Connections

    The other day I was working with a client on an application they were changing to a hybrid architecture – some data on-premise and other data in SQL Azure and Windows Azure Blob storage. I had them make a couple of corrections - the first was that all communications to SQL Azure need to be encrypted...
  • Blog Post: Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

    I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently presented a few sessions on a “ SQL...
  • Blog Post: Who do I talk to in Microsoft about…

    Have you ever seen one of us “Softies” (Microsoft Professionals) at a conference, briefing or on Mount Rainier on a motorcycle and said “You work for Microsoft? I need your help on fixing….”? Perhaps you heard back from that person, or perhaps you lost touch. Perhaps they knew who you should talk to...
  • Blog Post: Is Multi-Server Query Parallelized? Yes and no...

    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 Server group. The answer is "No", sort of. So...
  • Blog Post: PHP Driver for 2005 is available

    You can now download our CTP release of the new PHP driver for SQL Server and explore the sample application described in the .chm file. If you'd prefer to access the documentation on-line, it's available on the MSDN site . We welcome your feedback at the triage alias . To keep up with our announcements...
  • Blog Post: Simulating Multiple Connections

    As I was giving a demo of the new multi-query capabilities the other day, I was asked how I had four Instances installed on one small, underpowered laptop. In fact, I don't - I have one instance of SQL Server 2005 and one Instance of SQL Server 2008 installed. What I've done is to create two "aliases...
  • Blog Post: Go get me a switch!

    You probably access SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) using an icon somewhere in your Start menu or on your desktop. But did you know that there are several command-line switches that you can use to start SSMS and end up right where you want to go? Drop to a command-prompt and type this: Sqlwb...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Connections

    Since I didn't blog about anything very technical in my last entry, I thought I would post a little something about what we're hearing about the "Connection" dialogs. We have quite a few places in Management Studio that we pop up a place for you to connect to a Database Engine, Reporting Server or analysis...
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