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  • Blog Post: The Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Windows Azure Training Kit (WATK)

    Windows Azure is a platform that allows you to write software, run software, or use software that we've already written. We provide lots of resources to help you do that - many can be found right here in this blog series. There are two primary resources you can use, and it's important to understand what...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Visio Shapes

    Normally when I diagram a solution for a customer, I use whatever they are comfortable with. I do most of my work these days in OneNote, especially when it’s an Architecture Design Session (ADS), since I can capture notes, handwriting, drawings, web pages, whiteboards, camera shots and even voice. In...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure End to End Examples

    I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell PowerPack Download

    I read Jeffery Hicks’ article in this month’s Redmond Magazine on a new add-in for Windows PowerShell 2.0. It’s called the PowerShell Pack and it has a some great new features that I plan to put into place on my production systems as soon as I finished learning and testing them. You can download the...
  • Blog Post: The Plan for Evaluating a New Release

    SQL Server 2008 R2 is now out, and you can get the "Customer Technical Preview" or CTP here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee315247.aspx But it seems like SQL Server 2008 just came out! I'm still installing and upgrading it on the systems I manage. I tend not to focus too much on a...
  • Blog Post: Idera's Job Manager - Trying it Out

    I've downloaded Idera's free Job Manager this morning and I'm going to play with it a little on one of my test systems. Job Management is a difficult thing to visualize, so the Outlook-format this tool has looks interesting to me. Has anyone implemented this tool already, and do you have any thoughts...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

    Want some free training? I think Microsoft does an amazing job of getting training out for free. If you need a boost for your career, are just starting out, or need to re-tool after a layoff, or if you just want to become more familiar with the latest version, you can access these resources to learn...
  • Blog Post: Consolidation Strategies: Profiling Your Systems

    Many shops are considering consolidating their SQL Server Instances onto fewer boxes, as I've blogged about before. There are lots of ways to think about consolidation, from placing more databases on one Instance (Database Stacking), putting multiple Instances on one server (Instance Stacking), and using...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SP1 is Now Available

    SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available for download at the following location: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=66ab3dbb-bf3e-4f46-9559-ccc6a4f9dc19&displayLang=en As always, read the release notes before you install anything, and make sure you install it on your...
  • Blog Post: Migrations and ROI

    We've had a lot of folks switching to SQL Server from other platforms lately. They start looking at SQL Server because many of the other vendors are prohibitively expensive, and they also charge for things that come with SQL Server out of the box, like ETL, BI and Reporting. But before they make the...
  • Blog Post: Server Consolidation Done Right

    Consolidating your servers is all the rage, especially since you can save money by doing it. You can save not only on the hardware, but the licenses. To do that properly, you need a strategy. You start by detailing what you have, and then lay out the apps and where they could go. Microsoft has a tool...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 System Views Poster

    The new poster is here! The new Poster is here!  Get your's while they are hot: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=531c53e7-8a2a-4375-8f2f-5d799aa67b5c&displaylang=en
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack Three is Available

    Load this after you thoroughly read the release notes - no, seriously, take a little time and do that. And as always, test, test, test! SP3 (Std, Dev, Ent) SP3 Express SP3 Express Advanced SP3 express Toolkit SQL 2005 Feature Pack Refresh December 2008 SQL 2005 BOL Refresh SQL 2005...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2 Gains CEC EAL4+

    No, that's not a mis-print - it's SQL Server 2005 SP2 I'm talking about. This criteria is increadibly exacting, and takes a huge investment in time and money from a company (like us) to reach. If you're in an installation that requires this type of certification, you can move to SP2 now. Here's the full...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Whitepaper Access Point

    A special site is available to get at the whitepapers for SQL Server 2008. You can find that here: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/learning/whitepapers.mspx . And here are a few of my personal favorites: Performance and Scale http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/whitepapers/sql_2008_perfandscale...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Express Installation Changes

    There's a new, streamlined installation package for SQL Server Express that makes it a lot easier to push out to your systems. Make sure you bookmark this link: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2008/11/05/announcing-the-sql-express-2008-installation-package.aspx
  • Blog Post: SQL Serer 2005 - Script Tables and Data

    I was asked about the "DUMP" command in MySQL yesterday. It will create a script (in order) of all the database objects and the data they contain. The question was, does SQL Server 2005 have anything like that? Why yes it does! Check out this free tool from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: SQLH2 on Codeplex

    Recently someone asked me if they could get the source to SQLH2, the "health" monitoring solution for SQL Server. I told them that I couldn't give out source code, but Microsoft can. I said "make the suggestion on http://connect.microsoft.com and see what happens." Guess what happened? http://www...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack

    This is to let you know that the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack for October is now available. What’s in this release? Find more details here : · ADOMD.Net · AMO · DMViewer · PowerShell extensions for SQL Server Replication Management Objects · Report Builder 2.0 · Service Broker...
  • Blog Post: Get your Free Microsoft Software Here!

    Since - I don't know, forever - my geek friends and I used to share software links every time we ran across them. I found a beauty of a link here: http://blogs.technet.com/blogms/pages/microsoft-free-software.aspx . It's another blog, but they took the time to round up not only SQL Server links but lots...
  • Blog Post: CU1 for SQL Server 2008 is now Available!

    Many people wait for the “first” service pack of a product to work with it. Well, the CU#1 for SQL Server 2008 is now available. This is a new service model where we get out fixes far faster than a full Service Pack. You should read the article to see if you face any of these issues, and...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualizations, Part Two - Excel relationship maps

    In a post back on the 6th of August I was pondering a bit about showing data relationships, such as permissions maps and so on. I mentioned that you almost need a 3-D interface for that. Well, a sharp reader, Marc Smith, read that post and pointed me to a CodePlex download that shows relationship maps...
  • Blog Post: PHP Driver Update

    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 PHP is live!   It is my pleasure to announce...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin for SQL Server 2005

    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. Microsoft just released a new security bulletin...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack RC0

    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 and find out how it can help you, you might find...
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