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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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    Is SQL2K8 Really a dot Release

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    Over the past year or so the question "is Katmai really a dot release" has come up numerous times. Some people have also refered to it as the equivalent of a Windows Server R2 release (sort of like a super Service Pack). The justification for this characterization...
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    Using SMO to change service account passwords

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    There are a multitude of administrative actions you can automate using SMO. You can read more about SMO in Books Online ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms162169.aspx ). There is also a forum on MSDN devoted to SMO ( http://forums.microsoft...
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    Where Did The Surface Area Configuration Tool Go?

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    In CTP5 we removed the Surface Area Configuration Tool (SACT). The main use of the tool is to enable remote connections for the Database Engine. To enable remote connections this sans SACT do the following: Launch SQL Server Configuration Manager Expand...
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    Scrum Scrum Scrum

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    It’s been a while since I last wrote – I’ve been eager to post but just hadn’t come up with the correct topic. The past several weeks I’ve immersed myself in Scrum – as in Agile. Last week I took a two day class from Ken Schwaber and I’m proud to say...
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    Vista Parental Controls Slows Down Zune Marketplace

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    I’m a huge fan of my Zune and the Zune Marketplace. I have a Zune and my two daughters do as well. I’ve owned several iPods but I just love my Zune more; especially the subscription option for music. $15/month for all the music I want is fantastic. Yes...
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    CD vs DVD

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    When you take a look inside a software develop project it's amazing how many decisions are made on a daily basis, how many of those decisions take so long to make, and how passionate people can become about those decisions. During the development of SQL...
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    Declarative Management: Behind Enforce

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    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...
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    SQL Azure Now Supports Data-tier Applications

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    As announced today on the SQL Azure blog , SQL Azure now supports Data-tier Applications which are introduced with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. Here’s a quick tour of the feature.   Here’s what I did: Launch Visual Studio 2010 and create...
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    SQL Server 2005 Management Studio Tips

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    Here's a nice short article that touches on some pretty good Management Studio tips: http://www.developer.com/db/article.php/3587206
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    What Does Failure Mean to You?

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    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...
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    Declarative Management is Out!

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    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...
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    Browser-based admin tool for SQL Server, why?

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    Yesterday I did a webcast for SQL Server MVPs. Boy I cannot get enough of talking to this group. They are an amazing group of people who have incredible passion for the product. Anyway, during the web cast I was asked if and when we'll do a browser-based...
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    Developing Data-tier Applications Using Visual Studio 2010

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    Check out this rocking video of Sanjay Nagamangalam demoing the Data-tier Application functionality within Visual Studio 2010. Sanjay is a GPM on the SQL Server team. Sanjay has sessions at SQL PASS and PDC.
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    Microsoft Branding 101

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    http://media.putfile.com/Microsoft-Rebrands-iPod-Packaging This really speaks for itself. Please don't get me wrong. I don't post this to be malicious or because I feel hatred toward MS. I love this company and I love working for this company. Day...
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    Origami Project

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    I love viral marketing - check out http://www.origamiproject.com . If you do enough web searches you'll find that the path leads back to Microsoft. I've viewed this a few times and each time I do I think "wow, this is cool." However, then I remember this...
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    Have you Downloaded SQL Server Denali CTP3?

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    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...
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    Microsoft Connect Feedback

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    Does the feedback mechanism on Microsoft Connect really work? By "work" I mean is customer feedback changing the product? From my perspective it's too early to make the call. In SQL2K5 SP2 we tried to address the top issues submitted through connect ...
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    SQL Server Express: Dev or Prod?

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    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...
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    Software Quality

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    Topics seems to come in droves. I’ve recently read several articles about software quality. The articles approach the topic from different perspectives but the general points are the same, software quality must improve. Steve Jones over at SQL Server...
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    SQL Server 2008 to Launch on 2/27/2008

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    Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference we announced that SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and Windows Server 2008 will launch together at an event in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2008. SQL Server 2008 can be expected to release in Q2...
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    PowerShell Resources

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      SQL Server Books Online PowerShell Overview SQL Server PowerShell Help SQL Server Learning PowerShell PowerShell Team MSDN PowerShell Site PowerShell Team Blog Cheat Sheet (This is Great!) Books Windows PowerShell in Action by Bruce Payette Windows...
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    Oracle Blows it Again

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    This was posted on eWeek today. Researcher: Oracle Passwords Crack in Mere Minutes Attackers can easily crack even strong Oracle database passwords and gain access to critical enterprise data because of weak password protection mechanisms, researchers...
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    SQL Server 2005 SP1 CTP

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    In case you haven't seen the announcements, the CTP of SQL Server 2005 SP1 is now available for download. This also includes updates to the community pack (ADMOMD.net, DTS Designer, SNAC, AS OLE DB Provider, etc.) and books online. SP1 CTP: http:/...
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    Getting Started with PowerShell

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    The February CTP for SQL2K8 included first class support for PowerShell. Many people have ask how they can get started with PowerShell - not just using PowerShell to interact with SQL Server but just using PowerShell in general. PowerShell was a wealth...
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    How you can help in the search for Jim Gray

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    Friends, For those of you living in the Bay Area, the Microsoft community, or the database community you've probably already heard much about Jim Gray's disappearance. For those of you that have not here are several news stories about it: News...
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