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  • Blog Post: Help for SQL Server

    Sometimes issues pop up with your system. You need a way to find help, quickly. Here’s a few links that might be useful – feel free to post a reply to this post with other sources you might know, from web sources to your favorite consultant. Note – this list is not exhaustive, and I’m happy to add...
  • Blog Post: Spit it out already!

    You’ve probably seen that commercial where the chewing-gum company van stalks the guy who has been chewing the same piece of gum too long, and they attack him and make him chew another piece. I feel like that with SQL Server 2000. Almost every shop I go into has at least one primary application running...
  • 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: Free User Group Support

    As you know, I'm a big proponent of User Groups. I've been in charge of many, and I still present at them and attend my local PASS chapter. I just found a fantastic free resource for user groups - free content, advice, and even money!  Check it out here: http://www.ugss.codezone.com/MyUGSS.CodezoneCom...
  • 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: 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: Sending Feedback from SSMS

    I've pointed out the "Connect.Microsoft.Com" site before, where you can enter feature requests and bugs for SQL Server. Did you know you can hit that site from within SSMS? Just click the "Community" menu item in SSMS and then "Send Feedback". That will open a web browser for you so that you can get...
  • Blog Post: Support for SQL Server 2000 is ending - make your plans!

    We're at the end of "Mainstream" support for SQL Server 2000, which is April 8th, 2008. If you're still using this version in your enterprise, you need to plan to move off of that version platform starting now. Many folks are planning to "jump" from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008, but if you need...
  • Blog Post: A visit from the flu kitty

    I normally don't just point out other links in this blog, because I figure that you read this one for original content. But today I'll break that rule for two reasons: The link is just so cool, and I got a visit from the "Flu Kitty" last night so I'm sick and can't think straight. The link is to the...
  • Blog Post: Tips for (getting ready to deal with) Support

    At one time or another, we all need a little help. When you’re knee-deep in Production and you run into a Problem, a little panic is unavoidable. Having a military background, I’ve been taught that the best way to deal with inevitable panic is preparation. What I’m describing in this blog aren't tips...
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