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I am Principal Program Manager at Microsoft leading the Business Platform Division's (BPD) community team. BPD includes SQL Server, SQL Azure, BizTalk, AppFabric, and other technologies and services.

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  • Blog Post: Best Practice Policies for Policy-Based Management

    Policy-Based Management (PBM) was introduced with SQL Server 2008 – it’s a declarative system for ensuring the system configuration hasn’t drifted from the original configuration intent.  You can read more about Policy-Based Management in SQL Server Books Online, here . To help people get started...
  • Blog Post: PBM – it’s like liquid awesome!

    Brent Ozar and Thomas LaRock do a 3 part video series on the power of Policy-based Management (PBM). Interestingly SCOM comes up several times in the discussion.   They cover the basics of PBM and Thomas goes into more depth on how he’s using it in his environment. The series is about 35 minutes...
  • Blog Post: PCI Compliance and SQL Server 2008

    Today compliance is a huge focus area for IT. Since compliance is written by lawyers for lawyers it takes a fair amount of translation to get it to the point where IT can understand what processes, policies, and configuration to implement to meet the requirements for a given compliance spec. If you...
  • Blog Post: Application & Multi-Server Management

    @ the SQL PASS Summit on 11/20 we announced our plans to release new capabilities for improving the collaboration between Data-Tier Developers and DBA and to address Multi-Server (or multi-instance) manageability for SQL Server. Anthony Carrabino has a great posting describing these capabilities. I won...
  • Blog Post: Addressing Compliance with SQL Server 2008

    JC Cannon, Senior PM on the SQL Server team, presents this webcast where he explores some of the new features in SQL Server 2008 and describes how they can be used to help an organization address their compliance needs.   In the webcast JC covers: Identity management Data protection Separation of...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 is Done!

    I'm writing this on the plane from Orlando back to Seattle. I have lots of thoughts on TechEd that I'll try to get through before I run out of battery or the guy in front of me snaps my laptop display. I also want to answer a few of the questions that came up that I couldn't immediately answer. I'll...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Policy-Based Management Blog

    Today we launched a new blog dedicated to Policy-Based Management . Take a look and send us your suggestions for topics. My goal is to have people from the PBM development team write and publish postings. Together we can make PBM an amazing feature. I'm really excited by this and I hope you are too.
  • Blog Post: Policy History Table Exception Columns

    I was recently asked what the exception_message and exception columns in the msdb.dbo.syspolicy_policy_execution_history_internal table are used for. There are situations where the policy evaluate can throw an exception. For example, if the policy references a property in a facet which is not available...
  • Blog Post: SQL2K8 Policy-Based Management Interview on TechNet

    I recently sat down with Joey Snow over at TechNet to discuss Policy-Based Management. You can watch the video here .
  • Blog Post: Declarative Management is Out!

    Yes, the title is correct, Declarative Management (DMF) is gone! Did I get your attention? Maybe I should elaborate. About 7 months ago we embarked on a naming project for DMF. We knew that DMF was a little too geeky and didn't necessarily describe the feature in an intuitive and meaningful way. Tehcnically...
  • Blog Post: DMF for your Car

    @ Tech Ed this year I opened my session talking about how cars have evolved. The analogy is as we don't tinker with our cars anymore the same is going to have to managing data environments - and DMF is part of the initial wave that'll make this happen. In this week's Weekly Roundup of Database News from...
  • Blog Post: Declarative Management Performance

    There's an interesting thread on the MSDN forums regarding DMF performance or more accurately the overhead of having policies on the system. If you're interesting in using policies on your system and have thoughts on an acceptable overhead go post your thoughts to the forum. Personally, I'm in the camp...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 June CTP, Declarative Management LiveMeeting

    Today I presented a LiveMeeting on the Declarative Management features in the SQL Server 2008 June CTP. It should be posted shortly and is accessible here .
  • Blog Post: Declarative Management: Behind Enforce

    The new policy-based admin feature (Declarative Management) in SQL Server 2008 (code-named Katmai) can keep many aspects of the system from falling out of compliance. Some questions that come up are: "how does this work?" and "how come everything can't be enforced?" Let me tackle the first one, well...
  • Blog Post: Steve Jones on TechEd2007 and SQL2K8 Manageability Features

    @ TechEd 2007 I presented an overview session on new manageability features in SQL Server 2008. SQL Server Central's Steve Jones blogged about the session. Steve provides a pretty accurate account of the session (thanks Steve). This is mostly a straight forward report with a little editorial sprinkled...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 June CTP Bug

    There is a bug in the SQL Server 2008 June CTP that causes Declarative Management to be inoperable. The fix is very simple. Launch a command line and run the following command: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\Bin\sn.exe -Vr Microsoft.SqlServer.DmfSqlClrWrapper,89845DCD8080CC91 ...
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