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    SQL Server 2008 RC0 is Available!

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    If you're an MSDN member, you can download the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2008 - this is a feature-complete release. Learn more and download it at: http://blogs.technet.com/dataplatforminsider/archive/2008/06/07/sql-server-2008-rc0-now-available...
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    TechEd 2008 Day One - The Blogger's Lounge

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    Well, I'm back "home" in Florida - for a week, anyway! I'm at the second week (the IT Pro one) and I'll be working the booth, delivering some sessions, and I'll also be in the blogger's lounge from 1:00-2:00 on Tuesday. If you write a blog, come by and...
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    Real World DBA Episode 17 - SQL Server Features – Encryption

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-16-SQL-Server-Features--Encryption/ This week: In the news, CU 8 is now available for SQL Server 2005. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk...
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    Managing Other Platforms

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    We often get asked if we will ever create a tool that will manage not only SQL Server but other vendor's systems. I understand the desire - when I was a DBA I had several systems that I managed, and I wanted a tool that would do it all as well. I even...
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    Is Multi-Server Query Parallelized? Yes and no...

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    I was asked about the post I did on the multi-server query feature we put in SQL Server Management Studio 2008. Because it seems to render on the screen in a sequential fashion, the user thought the queries were issued one at a time from the Registered...
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    SQL Server 2008 Improvements Practicals – New Wizards and Dialogs

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    I gave a presentation at TechEd 2008 where I covered our new features in "A Day in the Life of a DBA". Here's more of what I showed for 1:00pm - "New and Shiny": There are a few features in SQL Server that can be complex to implement...
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    Simulating Multiple Connections

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    As I was giving a demo of the new multi-query capabilities the other day, I was asked how I had four Instances installed on one small, underpowered laptop. In fact, I don't - I have one instance of SQL Server 2005 and one Instance of SQL Server 2008 installed...
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    Real World DBA Episode 14 - SQL Server Features – Full Text Indexing

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-14-SQL-Server-Features--Full-Text-Indexing This week: In the news, The TechNet site has some new updates. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and...
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    PHP Driver for 2005 is available

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    You can now download our CTP release of the new PHP driver for SQL Server and explore the sample application described in the .chm file. If you'd prefer to access the documentation on-line, it's available on the MSDN site . We welcome your feedback at...
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    TechEd 2008 Starts

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    TechEd 2008 started yesterday, although this year it is broken up into two parts. The first week is primarily aimed at developers, and the second week is imed at what Microsoft calls "IT Pro's", which means everyone who isn't a developer. That's kind...
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    Project Velocity

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    The SQL Server Data Programmability team are at TechEd Developers this week announcing news around the Microsoft Sync Framework and what we calls Project “Velocity” . Velocity is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable...
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    The Sysadmin DBA

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    I’ve worked with a few database platforms in my time, most of them in large enterprises. One difference I’ve noticed in the DBA’s on those systems is that they have “pure” DBA’s –meaning that they work primarily with the database platform, not the operating...
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    Third Party Management Applications

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    I was asked the other day what the Microsoft stance is on third-party management applications. We love them! We partner with many vendors to help them provide value in the areas where we don't. Vendors are often able to bring a particular application...
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    Sending Feedback from SSMS

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    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...
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    Real World DBA Episode 13 – SQL Server Features – XML

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-13--SQL-Server-Features-XML/ This week: In the news, you could win a Windows Home Server, just for evaluating Microsoft products. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to...
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    Changes on the Developer and TechCenters for MSDN

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    I'm not sure if you've noticed the changes on the SQL Server Developer Center on MSDN or SQL Server TechCenter on TechNet. If not, you should definitely check them out. Here are a few highlights: · On the home page of both MSDN and TechNet, you...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Job Steps Execution History

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the management reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking the SQL Server Agent node. From the menu...
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    Checking Your System

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    In most checklists for SQL Server, including the one I explained on my last Podcast , you're told to "check your system". In fact, most instructors and DBA Experts will not look kindly on you if you don’t. But what does that mean? Well, I’ll probably...
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    System Visualization - Working in a Team

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    One of the main tasks I have is thinking about how we should design tools to help visualize a system. There are plenty of challenges, as I've alluded to before. Do youshow an object-based paradigm or a task-based one, or some of both? How do you manage...
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    A Match Made in Heaven: SQL 2K8 and Windows 2K8

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    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...
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    Policy Based Management

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    One of the biggest new features in SQL server 2008 is Policy Based Management (PBM), which used to be called Declarative Management Framework (DMF). This feature can be compared to a “state machine” – that means it can set a state for you and either...
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    Real World DBA Episode 6 – Upgrading SQL Server

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-6--Upgrading-SQL-Server/ This week: In the news, Microsoft updates SQL Server Webcasts, in this week’s feature, we’ll cover the processes and procedures you need to follow for an upgrade. The...
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    Real World DBA Episode 3 – Does Join Order Matter?

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    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-3--Does-Join-Order-Matter/ This Week In the news, Microsoft releases a web-based database service. In this week’s feature I’m joined by Joe Webb, who answers the question “Does Join Order Matter...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Top Transactions by Locks Count: [DatabaseName]

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the database reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking a database name. From the menu that appears...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports - Performance - Object Execution Statistics

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    We're in the performance section of the series of Standard Reports you get with SQL Server Management Studio . The report we're covering today, located in the "Server" level of reports is another Performance Report, and it is interesting because it brings...
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