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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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    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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    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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    Does CTP == Reimage?

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    Since we started doing CTP with the prerelease of SQL Server 2005 I've been a huge fan. It allows the product team to get a build of the product in the hands of users quicker and more often. It means the feedback loop from user to product group is shorter...
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    How you can help in the search for Jim Gray

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    Friends, For those of you living in the Bay Area, the Microsoft community, or the database community you've probably already heard much about Jim Gray's disappearance. For those of you that have not here are several news stories about it: News...
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    Zero is a Nice Number

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    Check out this article by Steve Jones over at SQL Server Central. Equally interesting are the responses. I still fail to understand why anyone would put confidential data in Oracle. Also, some questioned why Microsoft doesn't shout from the roof tops...
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    Browser-based admin tool for SQL Server, why?

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    Yesterday I did a webcast for SQL Server MVPs. Boy I cannot get enough of talking to this group. They are an amazing group of people who have incredible passion for the product. Anyway, during the web cast I was asked if and when we'll do a browser-based...
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    Custom Reports in SQL Server 2005 SP2

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    We introduced a cool new feature in SP2 of SQL Server 2005 that lets users access their own reports from within Management Studio. This adds tremendous value to the environment letting users create custom views. People have started using this feature...
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    There’s more To Measuring Security than the Number of Vulnerabilities…

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    Is there really more to measuring security than the number of vulnerabilities? That's what Oracle and some analysts would like you to believe. Don't believe me? Read this: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId...
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    Oracle Security Once Again in the Spotlight

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    I've posted several times about Oracle and its effort to produce a more secure database product. Today I received a couple of emails on this very topic. First is this one: http://www.databasesecurity.com/dbsec/comparison.pdf . There are two points from...
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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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    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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    SQLServer 2005 SP2 CTP

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    SQL Server 2005 SP2 CTP is here! You can find out the details here: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ctp.mspx . I'm super excited about this SP – I know I know you're thinking this guy needs to get out more often if an SP gets him excited. When you see all...
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    Goodbye Steve

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    I was a fan of the show the Crocodile Hunter and more so of Steve Irwin – if you can really separate the two. I've long admired Steve for following his passion for conservationism and not letting life get in the way. I suppose it's somewhat poetic to...
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    Fun with Oracle

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    This is a fun and fast read: http://techrepublic.com.com/5254-6257-0.html?forumID=99&threadID=184332&messageID=2080400&id=2926438
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    SQL Server Management Studio Startup Time

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    Note: This posting only applies to Management Studio 2005. We have corrected the behavior for Management Studio 2008 thus there is no special configuration necessary. One of my co-workers recently responded to a problem a user was having with SQL Server...
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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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    Testing from Office 2007 Beta 2

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    I recently installed Office 2007 Beta 2. It has a cool feature to post to blogs directly from within Word. I decided to give it a shot. Setting the blog registration was straight forward – there was a little user error on my part to get it to work but...
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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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    Software Quality

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    Topics seems to come in droves. I’ve recently read several articles about software quality. The articles approach the topic from different perspectives but the general points are the same, software quality must improve. Steve Jones over at SQL Server...
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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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    Scenario-based Design Makes the Product

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    The May 2006 issues of Business 2.0 has a few interesting stories that while on the surface don’t seem to be related are in fact incredibly related. However, first, there is good news for all those DBAs out there. One of the articles in this edition is...
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    Using SMO to change service account passwords

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    There are a multitude of administrative actions you can automate using SMO. You can read more about SMO in Books Online ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms162169.aspx ). There is also a forum on MSDN devoted to SMO ( http://forums.microsoft...
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    SQL2K5 SP1 Is Now Available

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    SP1 has been released! The release includes Management Studio Express, Express Edition with Advanced Services (Full-text Search and Reporting Services) and Express Edition Toolkit (necessary for building reports for Express Edition with Advanced Services...
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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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    SANS Top 20 is Sans SQL Server

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    Far be it from me to poke the sleeping bear, but when I hear good news about the product I work on I just have to share it. I think common folk call what I'm feeling "pride". I'm happy to go with that. So what's this good news I speak of? SQL Server didn...
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