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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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    SQL Server Express Could Earn you $100

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    Seems like it's a good time to start using SQL Server Express. Want a chance to show off a cool project you’ve created using Visual Studio or SQL Server Express? We’re looking for your stories! Tell us about something that makes your life easier or...
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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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    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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    SQL Server 2005 SP1 CTP

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    In case you haven't seen the announcements, the CTP of SQL Server 2005 SP1 is now available for download. This also includes updates to the community pack (ADMOMD.net, DTS Designer, SNAC, AS OLE DB Provider, etc.) and books online. SP1 CTP: http:/...
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    Bye-bye beta, bye-bye... That was all she wrote...

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    http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,2180,1938275,00.asp This is absolutely awesome. As someone who loves customer feedback, the CTP process rocks! It requires us to keep the quality of main extremely high. It provides a rapid feedback loop so...
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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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    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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    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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    Microsoft Branding 101

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    http://media.putfile.com/Microsoft-Rebrands-iPod-Packaging This really speaks for itself. Please don't get me wrong. I don't post this to be malicious or because I feel hatred toward MS. I love this company and I love working for this company. Day...
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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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    Origami Project

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    I love viral marketing - check out http://www.origamiproject.com . If you do enough web searches you'll find that the path leads back to Microsoft. I've viewed this a few times and each time I do I think "wow, this is cool." However, then I remember this...
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    SQL Server 2005 Management Studio Tips

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    Here's a nice short article that touches on some pretty good Management Studio tips: http://www.developer.com/db/article.php/3587206
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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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    Scrum Rocks

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    This week we held our first full blown scrum planning meeting. This was a 4 hour meeting with almost the entire team (Dev, PM, Test, UE, and UX). I say almost because test wasn’t fully represented. See we now utilize a centralized test group – resources...
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    Bad Oracle Administrator

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    http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Oracle_no_longer_a_bastion_of_security_Gartner/0,2000061744,39234277,00.htm I guess I now know why Oracle customers aren't up in arms over the lack of fixing security holes. Even when Oracle does get around...
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    82 - The Magic Number

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    Check out this posting: http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2006/01/oracle_issues_w.html There are so many comments I want to make but I'm going to refrain. I'm just flabbergasted that anyone still runs Oracle.
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    The Power of Internal Tools

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    Why is it that people let limitations in internally developed tools prevent progress? Yes, that’s more of a rhetorical question than anything else. But there is a part of me that would love the definitive answer to this question. When a team goes through...
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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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    What's A Customer and How Should We Connect?

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    Doug Barney recently wrote in the magazine Redmond that “[Microsoft] should formally and publicly engage customer in the design process - sort of an open source front-end to a commercial project.” He also wrote, “does Microsoft listen to customers? Absolutely...
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    Where to go next...

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    I've been meaning to post for some time, however, I've really been struggling with where to go next. I'm sitting in a transition between Setup/Upgrade and Manageability. I have a bunch of setup knowledge I could share, including some topics like: ...
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    Management Studio & More

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    In SQL Server 2005 we rewrote Enterprise Studio into what is now called Management Studio. One of the major pieces of work was the consolidation of the administration of all services (Database Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration...
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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 Site

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    The SQL Server 2005 launch site is now available: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/applicationplatform/launch2005/default.mspx . There are great resources here for SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and Biz Talk 2006. You can find a launch...
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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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    SQL2K Side-By-Side with SQL2K5

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    I've seen this question come up a lot in the newgroups: "I already have SQL Server 2000 installed, can I install SQL Server 2005 side-by-side with SQL Server 2000?" The short answer is yes. SQL Server is a multi-instanced product which means that with...
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