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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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    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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    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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    New Podcast for the Real-world DBA

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    Buck Woody, a PM on my team, has launched a new weekly Podcast entitled "Real-World DBA". You can find out more information at his Blog . Here's a link to the first episode . I encourage you to take a listen and provide feedback. This is not a marketing...
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    IntelliSense & Debugger Support

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    A question came up at the launch event: will T-SQL Intellisense and the T-SQL Debugger support SQL2K5 and/or SQL2K. The situation involves connecting to these server versions from Management Studio 2008. The answer is no, in order to enjoy IntelliSense...
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    SQL Server 2008 Launch - The Day After

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    Wow! Let me say that again: Wow! What a day it was yesterday. Here are some general comments about the launch. If you just want to know what the 3 surprise features were that I showed yesterday (actually I could only demo two) scroll to the end... There...
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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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    SQL Server 2008 Launch T -1 Day

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    Tomorrow is the big day. I have the demos about 95% locked and loaded. Unfortunately one of the cool features isn't going to make the demo. It's just not ready - BUMMER! But two others look like they'll make it. One is a nice thing and will likely get...
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    SQL Server 2008 Launch T -3 Days

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    We are three days away from launch. I've been working on the launch demos and they're shaping up nicely. The manageability session will cover Policy-based Management, Performance Data Collection, T-SQL IntelliSense, PowerShell, and a few of the enhancements...
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    SQL Server 2008 Launch T -5 Days

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    It's hard to believe the SQL Server 2008 launch is in just a few days. I'm doing the demos for the Manageability session. This has been somewhat of a stressful exercise. Despite everyone thinking this is a point release I'm really struggling with getting...
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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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    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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    Is the Slipage in the SQL2K8 Release Date a Big Deal?

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    A few weeks ago we annouced an adjustment to the release date for SQL2K8. Many blog postings made a big deal about this. There were several consipiracy theories floating around. I'm not really sure why. If you spent more than a minute and thought about...
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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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    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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    How We Developed SQL2K8

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    I've been wanting to write this blog entry for some time now and just have never found the time to sit down and do it. Well today seem like as good a day as any to do it. I'm not focusing on the entire SQL server development process but rather give you...
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    Getting Your "Favorite" SQL Server Bug Fixed

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    As a PM in SQL Server I read through just about every bug entered for the components my team owns. Given the surface area of what my team owns this translates into a lot of bugs. I don't characterize it that way to disrespect the team or the quality of...
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    Declarative Management is Out!

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    Yes, the title is correct, Declarative Management (DMF) is gone! Did I get your attention? Maybe I should elaborate. About 7 months ago we embarked on a naming project for DMF. We knew that DMF was a little too geeky and didn't necessarily describe the...
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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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    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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    Where Did The Surface Area Configuration Tool Go?

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    In CTP5 we removed the Surface Area Configuration Tool (SACT). The main use of the tool is to enable remote connections for the Database Engine. To enable remote connections this sans SACT do the following: Launch SQL Server Configuration Manager Expand...
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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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    DMF: What's New In The November CTP

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    Now that the November CTP is released let's take a look at the new capabilities in DMF. The first thing you'll probably notice is the Policy dialog received a facelift. We spent some focused time on the GUI to fine tune it and make it more user friendly...
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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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    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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    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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