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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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    Ergonomic != Simplistic

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    In a recent daily editorial , Steve Jones over at SQL Server Central, makes the point that database tools should be ergonomic and not simplistic. Now I rarely agree with Steve but I think he's got a valid point (just kidding about the not agreeing with...
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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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    Announcing the Policy-Based Management Blog

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    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...
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    Now is the time for Connect!

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    Of course I'm referring to Microsoft Connect . Since we've released SQL2K8 we're now deep in the planning for the next release. I know for some of you (likely a lot of you) you are still learning the new functionality in SQL2K8 but now is the time to...
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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Technology for the "Masses"

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    I'm spending some vacation time with my family, my in-laws, and my wife's sister and her family. We're at my in-laws cabin in Clear Lake California. Clear Lake is a beautiful place with a interesting juxtaposition of multi-million dollar homes right near...
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    Installing SQL Server 2008

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    Our Customer Service and Support organization has a nice blog entry that discusses installing SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
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    Exploring New Releases

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    One of the things I like most about new releases of software products is exploring the new capabilities. The big features always make in to the read me and the major articles but there's always a bunch of smaller things that are really cool but don't...
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    Automating DBA Processes

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    This year @ TechEd I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Kevin Kline , Steve Jones , Buck Woody , and Allen White to discuss automating DBA tasks/processes. We discussed why automation is important and some of the technologies you can use to automate...
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    Microsoft Connect Resolution Reasons

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    In SQL Server we use Visual Studio Team System to track all of our work. There is a back-end integration between the Microsoft Connect site and our VSTS database. When an item is submitted through the Connect site it eventually flows to our VSTS database...
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    The SQLPS Firestorm Part Duex

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    On the PowerShell team's blog Architect Jeffrey Snover addresses the recent firestorm on SQLPS. BTW: he was a lot nicer about the engagement model than I would have been. I do want all feedback, positive and critical. Just make it constructive. Getting...
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    Guarding Against SQL Injection

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    Securing the database is only part of the security equation, a very important part, but still not the entire picture. DBAs need to educate their developer counterparts on developing secure applications which access the data tier. I would go as far as...
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    SQL Server 2008 Launch Day

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    Today we launch Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008. This is the largest server launch in Microsoft history (or so I'm told). Last night at dinner we (several MS SQL folks) were talking about the differences in the development...
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    Manageability Presentation from the SQL2K8 Launch

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    Several people have asked me for the presentation Praveen and I used for the Manageability session @ the SQL2K8 Launch event last month in LA. A version of the presentation is available on the DVD that all launch attendees received. However, the version...
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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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    SQL2K8 Policy-Based Management Interview on TechNet

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    I recently sat down with Joey Snow over at TechNet to discuss Policy-Based Management. You can watch the video here .
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    VS 2005 Support for SQL2K8 - CTP

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    The Visual Studio team has just released a CTP for Visual Studio 2005 which adds support for SQL Server 2008. You can download the VS CTP here . Here's some addition information from the download page: This CTP resolves a problem that when you try to...
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