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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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    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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    What’s In Your Database?

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    How many different database objects are there? I don’t know the answer either but off the top of my head I’d guess somewhere between 50 and 100, depending on how you count them. Yes, I could go count them but I’m writing this on a Saturday and between...
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    Getting Started in the Community

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    As an under-grad student @ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, some 18 years ago, I first experienced the power of the technical community. I was working on a group project to build a little app for the Mac. The class was Software Engineering, CSC440, which covers...
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    Register for the SQL Server Application and Multi-Server Management Private CTP!

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    As you probably heard, on Wednesday, November 19th, during Ted Kummert's keynote at the PASS Summit Conference, Microsoft announced future capabilities for application and multi-server management as part of the SQL Server code-name "Kilimanjaro"...
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    Application & Multi-Server Management

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    @ 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...
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    Lost Network Connectivity on a Dell Precision 470 Running Vista

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    I ran into an interesting situation on my older Dell Precision 470 running Vista. For some reason a few days after I installed Vista it wouldn’t maintain network connectivity. I’d get a little yellow triangle – the warning icon – stating that I’m not...
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    Scripting DBA Actions

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    Last Thursday morning @ the PASS Summit I participated in a panel discussion on automating DBA tasks. It was a great discussion and I was humbled by the other panel members. During the discussion I jotted down a few notes that I didn’t get to mention...
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    Lenovo Thinkpad X301

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    A few weeks ago I got a new laptop – a Lenovo x301. As is the case with all new machines it came loaded with a bunch of utilities and trial software. Most of the time I just nuke the machine right away and lay down a clean image of the OS. This time I...
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    Windows Live Writer Update

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    Back in July 2007 I started using Windows Live Writer as my exclusive blog writing tool. I’m not a heavy blogger but I do need a tool that’s easy to use and still helps me write more complicated postings when needed. I still LOVE Live Writer. It’s simple...
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    Windows Live Mesh

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    I recently started using Windows Live Mesh to synchronize files between multiple machines. This software is so cool and so useful I just can’t say enough good things about it. In addition to sharing files with yourself you can setup folders to share files...
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    SQL PASS Summit

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    SQL Pass is coming up this month, November 18-21 @ the Washington State Convention Center. You can find details here . Aside from the multitude of sessions covering SQL Server there are a couple fun and interesting things that I’ll call your attention...
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    SQL Server 2005 SP3 - Beta Now Available

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    The Beta of SQL2K5 SP3 is now available. You can download it here .
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    www.sqlserverenergy.com

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    Check out the new SQL Server site !
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    Addressing Compliance with SQL Server 2008

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    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...
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    SQLH2 on CodePlex

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    The SQL Server Health & History tool, also known as SQLH2, has been posted on CodePlex. You can find the project home page here . SQLH2 is the precursor to the Data Collector feature added in SQL2K8.
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    SQL Server 2008 Books Online Update

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    The latest update to BOL is now available. The update is listed as August 2008 as that as the lock down for content changes. You can download it here .
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    SQL Server 2008 Experience

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    I'm not super big on promoting marketing related stuff. But in this case I think there's a bunch of value for everyone. Our marketing team just launched a new site http://www.sqlserverexperience.com . Yes, it contains the normal marketing blah blah -...
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    Blogapoluzza

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    The list of blogs run by the SQL Server product group keeps growing. Here I offer merely a snapshot in time of the current blogs. At the bottom there's also two links that list blogs by MS employees and SQL Server MVPs; these are not complete but offer...
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    Refreshing the IntelliSense Cache

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    There are cases where the local cache used by IntelliSense becomes stale. Refreshing the cache is easy but not necessarily obvious. There are two ways to refresh the cache: 1) Go to Edit -> IntelliSense -> Refresh Local Cache and 2) Hit Ctrl+Shift...
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    SQL Server 2008 Webchat on Sept 23, 2008

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    The SQL Server Product Group is holding a Webchat on Sept 23 from 10 am to 12 noon PST to get feedback from the community, customers, partners about their experience on SQL Server 2008 after over a month of RTM. You can find the details and participate...
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    OT: Announcing Baby Jones 3.0

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    Today (9/7/08) Lisa and I welcomed Elliott Edward Jones into the world. Elliott was born at 9:17 am at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, WA. He was 8 pounds 12 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. A a result of a little fluid in his lungs he spent his...
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    PowerShell vs. T-SQL or Why Did We Add PowerShell Support in SQL2K8

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    The following write-up was originally an email I sent to Allan White (SQL Server MVP) in the context of a discussion on PowerShell and some of the PowerShell community postings questioning why SQL Server needed PowerShell support @ all given the strength...
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    Where the Heck is DMO?

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    You've installed SQL Server 2008 on a clean machine and your vb script that uses DMO doesn't work. You're asking yourself: What the heck happened? Did those goofballs over @ MS hose me? Deprecation of DMO was announced in SQL Server 2005, but SQL Server...
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    Inside The SQL Server 2008 Shiproom on RTM Day

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    The Edge folks (namely Joey Snow) sat in on the SQL Server 2008 shiproom on the day we RTM'd. You can view the video here . A few interesting things to share. During a release shiproom happens every day. Each team across SQL sends at least one representative...
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    SQL2K8 Express with Advanced Services and Express with Tools Now Available

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    Two Express editions came on-line today. Express with Advanced Services and Express with Tools. You can download them from the Microsoft Download site. Here are the links: SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services (ENU): http://www.microsoft.com...
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