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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    TechEd North America Session Videos

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    In shameless self promotion the video of the talk I did on PowerShell and SQL Server has been posted to the web. I haven't watched this as I just can't bring myself to sit and watch myself for an hour but the session evaluations were pretty good. Therefore...
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    Where The Heck is Activity Monitor?

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    You're sitting at your desk rocking out to great music, you've just installed Management Studio 2008, you expand the Management node and start to click on Activity Monitor... Wait a second, What the %&*$#@, where's Activity Monitor? Did those goofs...
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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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    Launching Vanilla PowerShell from SSMS

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    One of the criticisms of our PowerShell implementation is the integration with Management Studio launches our custom minishell. With just a few simple key strokes you can add a custom tool menu item and toolbar button. To do this select "External...
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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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    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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    The SQLPS Firestorm

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    Within the PowerShell community there's a firestorm raging over SQLPS.exe our mini-shell that we're introducing in SQL2K8. In his blog Michiel does a good job explaining the mini-shell and provides a script you can use to register the SQL Server provider...
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    TechEd 2008 is Done!

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    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...
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    SQL Server 2008 RC0

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    RC0 (as in Release Candidate 0) of SQL Server 2008 has been released. You can access it here . In addition the RC0 of the Feature Pack is available here .
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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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    The New SQL Server Branding

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    When it comes to branding and images I'm incredibly critical. IMHO or is that IMCO (In My Critical Opinion) the new SQL Server Branding is fantastic. It is much better than the orange blocks found in the SQL2K5 branding - yuck! My understanding is it...
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    The Bleeding Edge

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    Every once in a while someone reminds that we on the SQL Server development team are truly on the bleeding edge. I don't always feel it and I more often than not forget it. But it's true. I bring this up because I'm pretty much done with Katmai, aside...
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    Decent Overview of Policy-Based Management

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    This article is a decent overview of Policy-Based Management.
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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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    Oracle Warns of Critical DB Server Vulnerabilities

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    http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Oracle-Warns-of-Critical-DB-Server-Vulnerabilities/ Excerpt: The database server giant plans to issue patches for at least 41 vulnerabilities "Two of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploited without authentication...
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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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    SQL2K8 TAP Customers

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    This past week I had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face with several TAP (Technical Adoption Program) customers. These customers agree to deploy pre-released of SQL Server into production environments and give us feedback. It's an incredible program...
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    More PowerShell

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    Check out this blog entry for BgShell a new PowerShell host. I'm just amazed at the endless possibility PowerShell provides. I haven't pulled this down yet, but I could imagine using it to automate common daily tasks. The problem I encounter is I don...
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    Policy History Table Exception Columns

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    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...
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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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