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  • 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: Slipstreaming SQL Server Installations and the SP1 Controversy

    Yesterday, along with several hundred other folks, I told you that SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 was out, and where to download it. I also mentioned that one of the big advantages in it was that you could now do "slipstream" installations. Well, there were two things about that statement that...
  • 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: Security Patches and the Conficker Worm

    Well, the media has done their usual stellar job on computer technology subjects, so after this weekend you may have gotten some questions about the Conficker worm. Here's a few pointers to hand out to the relatives and associates: Microsoft released an out of band security bulletin last October that...
  • 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...
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