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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    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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    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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    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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    Changing Service Account & Service Account Password

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    I recently botched an answer about why one should use SQL Configuration Manager (SQLCM) over Service Control Manager (SCM) to change service accounts and/or service account passwords for SQL Server. Let me attempt to redeem myself. If your running SQL...
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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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    What Makes a Strong Community?

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    I often hear people characterize the MySQL community as strong and vibrant. In fact I’ve heard people attribute MySQL’s success to the strength of the community. I think SQL Server has a very robust community but that’s just my opinion. So what makes...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    www.sqlserverenergy.com

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    Check out the new SQL Server site !
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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    When [more] is More

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    This isn’t related to SQL Server, but it’s really cool – IMHO. Out on www.live.com they removed the “>>” that used to launch the link in a new browser window (which I really like) and replaced it with a [more] “link”. I was totally skeptical of...
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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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    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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