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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    Using the Right Tool

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    Simon's (a SQL Server MVP) recent blog post prompted me to write this posting. Simon raises the issue that many of the items submitted to MS Connect aren't really bugs but are rather requests for help. These requests would be better served if they were...
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    Buck's Puzzle of the Month - with a prize

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    Think you know SQL Server pretty well? Well test your knowledge with Buck's quiz of the month . He's even giving away a nice prize.
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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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    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 2008 February CTP Is Now Available

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    Whew! The SQL Server 2008 February CTP is here! You can download it here .
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    Samples for the SQL Server 2008 February CTP

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    Samples for the latest SQL2K8 CTP have been published here . To find out more about the sample check out the read me located here .
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    The SQL Server Flag Flies @ Half Mast

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    I got word today the SQL Server family has lost another. Ken Henderson passed away last night. I have so much inside that I want to say about Ken but for some reason it's not ready to come out. Ken was a SQL Server living legend. Now, he's a SQL Server...
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    Is SQL2K8 Really a dot Release

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    Over the past year or so the question "is Katmai really a dot release" has come up numerous times. Some people have also refered to it as the equivalent of a Windows Server R2 release (sort of like a super Service Pack). The justification for this characterization...
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    Naming Conventions

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    This article on naming conventions - http://www.sqlservercentral.com/columnists/bknight/2687.asp - provides excellent best practice for naming database objects. Do you (or your company) have a set of naming standards that you follow? If so, I'd love it...
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    Improving SQL Server Books Online

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    Check out Simon's blog about Books Online . SQL Server Books Online (BOL) is a treasure of information. But it isn't always correct or complete. You can help fix this. Your BOL feedback is reviewed by the SQL Server technical writing staff and incorporated...
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    Is a Newspaper Cool?

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    I've posted before about my never ending dislike for the horrific MS Office dinosaur ads. One of the best things about the release of Office 2007 will be the dinosaurs will finally be laid to rest – at least I hope they will. Now I must move on to my...
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    Maintenance Plans in SQL2K5 SP2

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    If you use Maintenance Plans and have upgraded or plan to update to SQL2K5 SP2 you need to read this blog post .
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    Specialized Utility Tools

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    I've never been a big fan of products that liter my hard drive and start menu with little specialized tools. Visual Studio does this. Office does this. Even SQL Server does this with the Surface Area Configuration and SQL Provisioning tools. IMHO this...
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    All I Want it a Query Window

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    I know, you just want to launch Management Studio (SSMS) and go right into a query window. Why in the world do you have to first connect to Object Explorer and then launch a query window, all this does is slow you down, right? Did you know you can configure...
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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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    1.5M DB Servers Have No Firewall

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    I saw this article this morning and my jaw hit the ground. The gist of it is David Litchfield, managing director or NGSSoftware, has concluded there are roughly 1.5M database servers accessible from the Internet with no firewall. Furthermore a great number...
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    SQL Server 2008 November CTP Is Here

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    Or should I say it's finally here? You can download it here .
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    SQL2K8 November CTP

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    The latest SQL2K8 CTP is finally available. Download it here . This CTP contains a ton of work. Here's the not so brief list of areas. You can read the details in the " What's new " doc for the November CTP. Data Collection and Performance Warehouse for...
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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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    Declarative Management: Behind Enforce

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    The new policy-based admin feature (Declarative Management) in SQL Server 2008 (code-named Katmai) can keep many aspects of the system from falling out of compliance. Some questions that come up are: "how does this work?" and "how come everything can...
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    Windows Live Writer

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    Do we really need another utility to write blog entries? I don't know the answer to that question. I do know that other people seem to think so. Hence the latest edition to pack: Windows Live Writer. It's currently in Beta and can be downloaded from here...
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    Rock the Launch!

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    Yeah Baby! The launch event was fantastic; so much energy; so much excitement; so much buzz. One of the most important aspects of a launch event is the live entertainment. Remember, the Windows 95 launch? The Rolling Stones played live. That was pretty...
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    SQL Server 2005 Launch T -3 Days

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    The SQL Server 2005 Launch kick-off event is just a few days away. You can view all of the launch details, including venues and cities at http://www.microsoft.com/events/2005launchevents/default.mspx . I couldn’t be more excited for this launch. I joined...
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    Oracle Blows it Again

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    This was posted on eWeek today. Researcher: Oracle Passwords Crack in Mere Minutes Attackers can easily crack even strong Oracle database passwords and gain access to critical enterprise data because of weak password protection mechanisms, researchers...
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    Scrum Scrum Scrum

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    It’s been a while since I last wrote – I’ve been eager to post but just hadn’t come up with the correct topic. The past several weeks I’ve immersed myself in Scrum – as in Agile. Last week I took a two day class from Ken Schwaber and I’m proud to say...
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