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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 – Write, Run or Use Software

    Windows Azure is a platform that has you covered, whether you need to write software, run software that is already written, or Install and use “canned” software whether you or someone else wrote it. Like any platform, it’s a set of tools you can use where it makes sense to solve a problem...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft helps you NOT break your Windows Azure Application: Storage Services Versioning

    One of the advantages of using Windows Azure to run your code is that you don’t have to constantly manage upgrades on your platform. While that’s a big advantage indeed, it immediately brings up the question - how do the upgrades happen? Microsoft upgrades the Azure platform in periodic increments, and...
  • Blog Post: Upgrades from Beta or CTP SQL Server Software are NOT Supported

    As of this writing, SQL Server 2008 R2 has released, and just like every release, I get e-mails and calls from folks with this question: “Can I upgrade from Customer Technical Preview (CTP) x or Beta #x or Release Candidate (RC) to the “Released to Manufacturing” (RTM) version?” No. Right up until...
  • Blog Post: Which Edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 should you use?

    SQL Server 2008 R2 has just released to manufacturing (RTM’d) as I write this. With each new release, we make changes to the “Editions” we offer. A SQL Server “version” deals with the major changes in the product – and “edition” is a set of features and capabilities within that version (you’re welcome...
  • Blog Post: Do you need all that data?

    I read an amazing post over on ars technica (link: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/the-software-brains-behind-the-particle-colliders.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss ) abvout the LHC, or as they are also known, the "particle colliders". Beyond just the pure scientific...
  • Blog Post: Data as Strategy

    I’ve created a presentation called “Data as Strategy”, and in it I cover multiple solutions for various issues that organizations face in dealing with the “new world” of data management. No longer are we just DBA’s or Developers, now we’re part of the broader business strategy of using data in strategic...
  • Blog Post: After the Upgrade, it runs differently…

    I got a question yesterday in the mail that I thought I would just answer here in a broad context. While I can’t troubleshoot or do performance tuning from a distance, there are some interesting concepts and suggestions this e-mail brings up: “I have recently seen a change from SQL Server from 2005 to...
  • Blog Post: R2 Installation - Firewall Error Message

    Well, I started my evaluation yesterday on SQL Server 2008 R2. The install went pretty smoothly on my Virtual Machine, with one minor irritation. I thoughtI would post it here in case you run into it. As I started the process, the Installation Validation step found one issue. When I clicked on that...
  • Blog Post: Should I stay or Should I Go?

    I'm writing this post on a bus headed towards the Seattle Convention Center, where the technical folks in the field meet once a year to hear from the product teams about all the new features coming in the future. I used to present at this conference (and in fact I still do), but today I'll be attending...
  • Blog Post: ODBC Drivers Are Updated in Windows 7

    One of the first exposures I had to an ODBC driver was NOT a good one - the particular behavior for ANSI NULLS ended up causing some issues in a database application that I had inherited, so I tend to keep my eye on these things. Mind you, it was back in the SQL Server 6.5 days, and I haven't had an...
  • Blog Post: You have a Voice at Microsoft

    When I was on the product team, I was asked by a few of you from time to time to make a change in SQL Server. Now that I'm in the field, I get asked to "chat with the development team" to make one change or another. But you actually have more say than I do. There are 85,000 of us at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Which Edition of SQL Server is Right For Me?

    If you're planning an installation or an upgrade of your systems, make sure you think about the right edition while you're in the planning process. This includes planning for something that uses SQL Server, such as Sharepoint. As you're aware, there are multiple editions of SQL Server, even since the...
  • Blog Post: Which Edition is Right for Me?

    I had a discussion the other day with someone who had some questions about Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2008. In many cases, I've seen someone not using the "right size" of SQL Server. Many installations really call for Enterprise Edition when they are using Standard. They'll use an edition...
  • Blog Post: What is SQL Server 2008 Web edition?

    You may have see a new SKU of SQL Server 2008 called the “Web Edition”. Here’s the scoop on it: SQL Server 2008 Web Edition enables hosting companies to provide low cost , highly scalable hosting for developers, SMBs, and consumers, all with a low monthly licensing fee, four CPU support, and no limits...
  • Blog Post: Support for SQL Server on Hyper-V

    Many of us use SQL Server in a virtual environment, but as you know it's been difficult to find out what the support policy is for that, depending on the Virtual Environment. Well, for Hyper-V, there's no question: It has support. To find out exactly what configurations qualify, check out this link:...
  • Blog Post: Checking the "Feedback" Box

    If you're installing SQL Server 2008, you'll get a panel near the end of the installation process that asks you if we can collect data on how you use the product. Check those boxes! I was with someone one time during their installation, and when that panel came up they blew through it, telling me "I...
  • Blog Post: News Flash: SQL Server 2008 is here

    You can find it on MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Subscriber Downloads . Either search for SQL Server 2008 or navigate under Servers then to SQL Server 2008. http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Why you should upgrade to SQL Server 2008

    One of the readers recently asked about the blog post I made regarding the performance of replication being so improved in SQL Server 2008. We don’t have a formal study posted on that particular result yet, but we do have others that talk about speed increases in SQL Server 2008 – especially cool things...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell - Where is It?

    As you may know, we’ve created a SQL Server 2008 provider for PowerShell. With this very cool feature you’re able to navigate SQL Server and it’s objects as easily as you could the file system on your hard drive. You also have access to all of the properties and methods that we have in Server Management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Loves DBA's

    I wanted to show you some of the things the group has been working on. You might not see all these features in your latest CTP, but they are scheduled for the Final Release. I hope you like the list! Title Component Advantage What's the big deal? Connection String Additions Connection Panel User Productivity...
  • Blog Post: A Match Made in Heaven: SQL 2K8 and Windows 2K8

    You may already know that you get some real benefits by pairing up SQL Server 2005 on Windows server 2003. You get to tie out SQL Server accounts to some of the Windows Security Policies, for instance. This trend continues with SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008. It's hard enough keeping up with...
  • Blog Post: A Few Links to SQL Server 2008 Resources

    As I was presenting at TechReady yesterday on the new SQL Server 2008 features that will directly affect Microsoft System Center, I was asked a few times about some resources where people could go to learn more about it. I thought I would share that here. By the way – I know some of you are on...
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