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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2008 to Launch on 2/27/2008

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    Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference we announced that SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and Windows Server 2008 will launch together at an event in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2008. SQL Server 2008 can be expected to release in Q2...
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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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    MS Connect Feedback Part 2

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    Thanks for the great comments. Great in that you took the time to provide them. Not great in what they say about Connect. I was surprised by the feedback - but maybe I shouldn't have been. This prompted me take a very quick look at some SQL2K5 SP2 data...
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    SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

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    The Best Practices Analyzer for SQL Server 2005 is now available. It's available for public download at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DA0531E4-E94C-4991-82FA-F0E3FBD05E63&displaylang=en
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    Microsoft Connect Feedback

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    Does the feedback mechanism on Microsoft Connect really work? By "work" I mean is customer feedback changing the product? From my perspective it's too early to make the call. In SQL2K5 SP2 we tried to address the top issues submitted through connect ...
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    Declarative Management Performance

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    There's an interesting thread on the MSDN forums regarding DMF performance or more accurately the overhead of having policies on the system. If you're interesting in using policies on your system and have thoughts on an acceptable overhead go post your...
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    PNWSQL User Group

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    Do you live in the Pacific Northwest? If so, I'll be presenting at the next meeting of the PNWSQL user group. Yes, this is a gratuitous plug! Here's more information: http://groups.msn.com/pnwsql/nextmeetinginfo.msnw
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    SQL Server 2008 June CTP, Declarative Management LiveMeeting

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    Today I presented a LiveMeeting on the Declarative Management features in the SQL Server 2008 June CTP. It should be posted shortly and is accessible here .
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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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    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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    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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    SQL Server 2008 June CTP Bug

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    There is a bug in the SQL Server 2008 June CTP that causes Declarative Management to be inoperable. The fix is very simple. Launch a command line and run the following command: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\Bin\sn.exe -Vr Microsoft...
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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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    TechEd 2007: Kick-off

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    TechEd 2007 (6/3-6/7 in Orlando, FL) is going to be an exciting event for SQL Server. The next release of SQL Server, codenamed Katmai, will have a big presence with several sessions covering features that will show up in the release. I for one am conducting...
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    Katmai

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    This past week information regarding the next release of SQL Server, codenamed Katmai, was made publically available. Check out this article on Computer World. The article mentions something called Declarative Management Framework - a new way...
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    The New SQL Server Incremental Servicing Model

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    The SQL Server team has released a new service model called: Incremental Servicing Model. You can get the details here . IMHO this has two key benefits for customers: 1) more predictability for the delivery of fixes and 2) higher quality fixes – the standard...
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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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    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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    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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    SQL Server Team Blogs

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    Looking for an interesting blog by a member of the SQL Server team? Paul Randal has assembled a list of blogs run by members of the SQL Server team.
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    SQL Server 2005 SP2 RTM

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    This morning we announced availability of SQL Server 2005 SP2. You can download it here . SP2 is an amazing release and I encourage you to download it immediately. Some of the highlights from my area (management tools) include: custom reporting in Management...
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