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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: Be a Virtual SQL Server Team Member

    I’ve been blogging here and here about testing Denali CTP3. Here is a recent picture of the SQL Server team – though it’s not everyone on the team. These are the people behind the magic of SQL Server. By downloading Denali CTP3, testing, and filing bugs you become a virtual member of this team. How cool...
  • Blog Post: Have you Downloaded SQL Server Denali CTP3?

    At the end of August we released CTP3 (Community Technology Preview) of the next release of SQL Server codenamed Denali. You can download it here . This is a feature rich CTP and is deserving of your attention, though I can’t discuss where this falls into the overall release schedule – we haven’t made...
  • Blog Post: Help Make SQL Server “Denali” The Best Release Yet!

    Bugs reported by the community have played a huge role in the amazing quality of past releases of SQL Server. In SQL Server 2008 we fixed over 1,000 bugs submitted by the SQL Server community prior to release. And in SQL Server 2008 R2 we fixed over 300 Community submitted bugs prior to the release....
  • Blog Post: SQL Server codename “Denali”–“Product Update”

    There’s a great new feature in the next release of SQL Server (codename “Denali”) which integrates the latest product updates into the initial installation experience. This feature came online in the CTP3 release. We need your help testing this feature. Peter Saddow, of the Deployment Platform team,...
  • Blog Post: Day 13 on the Job

    Today is my 13th day in the new job as the community lead for the Business Platform Division. It has been a filled 13 days – in a very good way. I’ve been working closely with my team to get educated on community and to begin to formulate our community strategy. This includes identifying which communities...
  • Blog Post: MVPs: Evangelists in Sheep’s Clothing?

    I was recently talking to a co-worker and I characterized MVPs as evangelists, among other things. I got a very strong reaction - negative. I know full well this posting is going to rub some MVPs the wrong way – like petting a cat against the grain! However, I like stirring things up a bit to see what...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Code Name “Denali” – Supported OSes and Upgrade Paths

    We are looking for feedback on three items for SQL Server Code Name “Denali”. First, are the supported OSes . Second, are the supported upgrade paths . Third, is the way the installer handles unsupported OSes and upgrade paths . Specifically we want to know if these will slow down your adoption of SQL...
  • 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: Oy vey – Poor Security Habits Highlighted Again

    The March 2011 issues of Database Trends and Application has an article that highlights the results of a new survey of DBAs and DBA Managers that reveals complacency results in lax oversight of sensitive information. You can read the article here . While every aspect of the research finding is is disturbing...
  • Blog Post: Changing Service Account & Service Account Password

    I recently botched an answer about why one should use SQL Configuration Manager (SQLCM) over Service Control Manager (SCM) to change service accounts and/or service account passwords for SQL Server. Let me attempt to redeem myself. If your running SQL Server 2008 or later and your running on Windows...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Express: Dev or Prod?

    Most people I’ve spoken to have at least heard of the Express edition. The next question I ask is where they’re running it: development or production? The answer is usually both . But when I drill into the production use it turns out that most of the time Express is running in production because of a...
  • Blog Post: Zero Tolerance for Ignorance, Laziness and Unprofessionalism

    How many databases in the world do you think are storing your personal information? Tens? Hundreds? Thousands? I have no clue what the answer is but my guess is it’s closer to thousands than tens. Why is this an interesting question? In my line of work I speak with lots of DBAs and I’m absolutely shocked...
  • Blog Post: Vendor Lock In or Ignorant Design?

    I often hear people say '”I’m not going to use Microsoft stuff because the don’t want to become victim of vendor lock in.” They often chose “open source” alternatives for pieces of the stack (web server and database to name a few). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing so long as they’ve done their homework...
  • Blog Post: Database Schema Help

    I’m testing out some new stuff and I need your help.Do you have a schema that has a bunch of complex dependencies between objects such that it’s a real pain when you need to alter it – you have to figure out the dependencies, unhook them, make your change, and then wire everything back together? I so...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server MVPs–Thank you for what you do!

    I follow the blog and/or Twitter of many of the SQL Server MVPs and to be blunt this is a truly amazing group of professionals. Their passion for SQL Server is undeniable. Their desire to expand their already deep knowledge of the product is unsurpassed. And their unselfish generosity to share their...
  • Blog Post: What Does Failure Mean to You?

    We recently announced some changes to a set of technologies that were linked together via the codename “Oslo”. While some of the technologies originally part of “Oslo” have shipped, some have not, specifically these are: the “Oslo” repository, “Quadrant”, and “M.”  For the long description you can...
  • Blog Post: Not Everyone is an Expert

    In my day to day work I interact mostly with experts in the field of database technology and database administration. Every once in a while I get a gentle reminder that not everyone is an expert. Those reminders often come from forum questions from newbie and intermediate DBAs. When I come across one...
  • Blog Post: Automating DBA Processes – the White Paper

    A while back I participated in a round table on automating DBA tasks. From that event a few folks produced a white paper on automating DBA processes . Regardless of your experience level you should pull it down and read it. You’ll need to provide a little information to Quest in order to get to the actual...
  • Blog Post: The DB Taste Challenge

    This is hilarious! http://www.martinidesign.com/sql/landing/index_pres.html
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Release Date is Set for May 2010

    Well folks it’s official we’re going to release SQL Server 2008 R2! The release date is set for May 2010. You can get a few more details here .
  • Blog Post: What Makes a Strong Community?

    I often hear people characterize the MySQL community as strong and vibrant. In fact I’ve heard people attribute MySQL’s success to the strength of the community. I think SQL Server has a very robust community but that’s just my opinion. So what makes a strong community? I think it boils down to two simple...
  • Blog Post: What kind of DBA are you?

    Buck Woody likes to joke there are two types of people in the world: those who believe there are two types of people and those who don’t. Rim shot please. All joking aside there are two types of DBAs: those who are myopic and those who are leaders. This is greatly simplifying things but it’s important...
  • Blog Post: Best Practice: Naming Constraints

    Within SQL Server there are a number of different types of constraints: CHECK DEFAULT FOREIGN KEY PRIMARY KEY UNIQUE The reference for CREATE TABLE can be found here . Now what��s interesting about constraints is when creating a constraint the name is optional. If you don’t provide a name the system will...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Web Developer Survey

    The Microsoft SQL Server product team is undertaking a short survey to help guide potential new features and capabilities for web developers, please take a few minutes to take the survey and help shape the future of SQL Server. The survey will run for about a week (closing on 6/17 or there about) so...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell to Get Data & Log File Sizes

    I was playing around with PowerShell today (yes I’m was geeking out on Saturday afternoon) to learn how to access Performance Counters using PowerShell. My mission was to write a script that would return the Data File and Log File sizes for each database and a total for the instance. The good news is...
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