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  • Blog Post: Great new Whitepaper on High Availability

    Paul Randal, he of SQLskills.com fame, has published a new whitepaper on High Availability with SQL Server. If you follow any SQL Server news or blog sites, you’ve probably already see the announcement for it, but I wanted to mention it here in case you haven’t seen it yet. There are certain references...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Desktop Screen Background

    I was doing a presentation recently and was asked about the image I use as my background on my desktop. I’m happy to share it! Click below for the full size:
  • 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: 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: 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: Latest Updates for SQL Server 2008 are Out

    There are two new updates that I need to pass along. Hopefully, you have another source for learning about updates, but it never hurts to point out new updates. The first is a Cumulative Update for SQL server 2008 if you have SP1 installed: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2009/07/20...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: CTP5 is out! OK, so maybe you already know that...

    I got back from vacation ( more here if you want to read about where we go and what we do every other week) and we released SQL Server 2008 CTP5. If you have been waiting for a bit to install and learn more about it, this is a good release to try. Make sure you open Books Online and check out the "What...
  • Blog Post: The May 2007 Books Online Update is Available

    You can get the latest crunchy SQL Server documentation goodness here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/bb428874.aspx
  • Blog Post: Is Books Online Online?

    "Books Online" has become an industry standard for documentation, with a really long history. Before it became so large, it used to actually be a set of books, and you could read them electronically, hence the name. But Books Online is no longer published as a book (it's far too large for that), although...
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