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July, 2008

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About the Data Dude



My name is Gert Drapers, I am a Software Architect in the Windows Server Directory Services team, working on incubation projects. Before my current role I was the Lead Software Architect and Engineering Manager of the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition product, where I designed and developed the declarative database development tooling which is now shipping inside Visual Studio. Since 1991, I contributed to many parts and releases of Microsoft SQL Server and on the Transaction Management infrastructure (MS-DTC, WS-AtomicTransaction and System.Transactions).


When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife and three lovely daughters; I love to cook and make music. Besides that I am trying to serve the SQL Server community by writing tools and articles which are published on http://SQLDev.Net


I hope you enjoy the blog,


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    Power Tools Installation Problem (error code 2738)

    Some users have been reporting problems installing the VSDB Power Tools on Vista or Windows Server 2008 (applies to both 32 and 64 bit versions). When they run the Power Tools installer they are confronted with the following mysterious error message:...
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    CTP 15 Is Here!

    We just released a new CTP of the upcoming 2008 update, Microsoft® Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR July CTP is here! You can download it from MSDN: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb3ad767-5f69-4db9-b1c9...
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    Some recent VSDB Articles

    Jeff Levinson recently wrote a great article in Visual Studio Magazine covering the upcoming GDR release: Introducing the VSTS Database Edition GDR and Jeffrey Juday just published an article on Developer.com about Database Unit Testing: Introducing Visual...
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