Dan's Blog

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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    SQL Server 2005 Launch Site

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    The SQL Server 2005 launch site is now available: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/applicationplatform/launch2005/default.mspx . There are great resources here for SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and Biz Talk 2006. You can find a launch...
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    “SQL Server 2005 is secure!”

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    This is a great interview with David Litchfield. I was recently in a review with Bob Muglia, Senior VP for the Server and Tools business, where the SQL team presented there had yet to be a security GDR for SQL2K5. Bob asked if it was because the product...
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    More on the Dinos

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    I have posted here before about my dislike for the MS Office ads features dinosaurs. In the April 10th edition of Forbes Ballmer was the target for a brief Q & A session. The dinos came up. When asked if he liked them, Ballmer responded with "I'm...
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    Vista Gadgets for the DBA

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    I've been using Vista for a while now but haven't ventured in to the land of the sidebar and gadgets. There are some interesting (read obvious) ones out there like stocks quotes, traffic, music, etc. But I've yet to see one where I've felt I couldn't...
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    www.sqlserverenergy.com

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    Check out the new SQL Server site !
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    What Do American Idol and SQL Server Have in Common?

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    With the release of the CTP for SQL Server 2005 SP1 the content for SP1 is very much locked down. Since we never sit idle, we're starting to scope SP2 as well as the next major release. Since SP1 was done before a lot of you had the chance to install...
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    Sprint 3 Planning Complete

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    We continue to hum along with our Scrum process. Today we completed the planning for our next sprint. These planning meetings are absolutely an awesome display of team work. And I must admit I did two sprint planning meetings today. While we've been running...
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    Waterfall Rising!

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    This was just too funny not to pass along. http://www.waterfall2006.com/ .
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    SQL Server 2008 July CTP

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    The July CTP for SQL Server 2008 is no available here . To see what's new in the CTP go here . Download it, start using it and submit your feedback here .
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    Forgot Your Password?

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    I’ve seen three basic patterns for handling forgotten web site passwords: Send a change password link to the email address on file Ask one or more challenge questions (or personal information) to unlock the change password screen Send the password, in...
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    Built-in Reports in Management Studio

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    Did you know that Management Studio (SSMS) has a rich set of built-in reports? Furthermore, did you know you can author your own reports that will run inside SSMS? Buck Woody is starting a blog series on the reports in SSMS. These reports are designed...
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    Houston we don’t have a problem

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    Phil Factor recently wrote an editorial about Project Houston . I agree with his meta point that database design tools have not evolved as quickly as we’d like but I disagree with his characterization that Project Houston is a failure because it doesn...
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    DMF for your Car

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    @ Tech Ed this year I opened my session talking about how cars have evolved. The analogy is as we don't tinker with our cars anymore the same is going to have to managing data environments - and DMF is part of the initial wave that'll make this happen...
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    SQL Server 2005 SP2 Maintenance Plan KB Article

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    A fix for maintenance plans was posted today. You can read more about it on the Relational Engine Manageability Blog .
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    Made in Express Contest

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    Do you use VS Express and SQL Server Express? Check out how you can win $10K... that's right $10,000 USD. Check out http://www.madeinexpresscontest.com/ for more details.
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    Database Schema Help

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    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...
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    Sprint 2 Begins

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    Today we finished planning for our next sprint. Man, I can’t stress enough what an awesome experience it is. Being part of a team is good. Being part of a team that rocks is nothing short of exhilarating. Yesterday we split the day between a sprint review...
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    SQL Server 2008 – June 2007 CTP

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    Yes, you read the title correctly, SQL Server 2008. Today @ TechEd we announced the official name for the next release of SQL Server. Previously it was referred to under the codename Katmai, no longer. Some have asked why we announced the name so far...
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    Disclosure of Security Threats/Vulnerabilities

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    I've been having an interesting open dialog with Steve Jones (SQL Server Central) on the issue of disclosing security vulnerabilities. You can read the thread here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/forums/shwmessage.aspx?forumid=263&messageid=267111...
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    Cheers To Those Who Make A Difference

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    Do you work with someone who is just terrific but haven’t told them? Do you look at them as somewhat of an informal mentor? Working at a large company, like Microsoft, it’s a fact of life that people come and go. In large companies there are so many interesting...
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    SQL Server 2008 R2 Release Date is Set for May 2010

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    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 .
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    Computer "Security"

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    I saw this this morning and found it very interesting: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/02/proof_that_empl.html The main article is interesting but what's really interesting are the comments. I didn't read through all of them, but enough...
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    Steve Jones on TechEd2007 and SQL2K8 Manageability Features

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    @ TechEd 2007 I presented an overview session on new manageability features in SQL Server 2008. SQL Server Central's Steve Jones blogged about the session. Steve provides a pretty accurate account of the session (thanks Steve). This is mostly a straight...
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    Introducing Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals

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    Two things I’ve always admired about Microsoft products are product integration and development tools. Microsoft isn’t a company to stand still and with that a new set of database development tools has been released as a CTP. Visual Studio Team Edition...
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    Be a Virtual SQL Server Team Member

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    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...
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