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  • Blog Post: Reducing Database Size by Using Vardecimal Storage Format

    In addition to the improvements to the management tools in Service Pack 2 that I've outlined on this blog, the engine team has introduced the VarDecimal storage format. They have just published a whitepaper on how to reduce your database size. Check it out: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb508963...
  • Blog Post: SQL Connections 2007 (Orlando, FL) -- Follow-up

    After one heck of a trip to Orlando, FL for SQL Connections, I'm back in Redmond. Here is a quick re-cap of my sessions and links to session content... SMS312 -- Be More Productive with SQL Server 2005 Tools SMS313 -- Deep Dive into Database Mail SMS315 -- Solving Common Scenarios with Management...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Manageability Webcast - SP2 Improvements - Resources

    Thank you to those who attended today's webcast. As promised, here are links to the resources associated with the demos. Downloads: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp2.mspx SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack (February 2007): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Manageability Webcast - SP2 Improvements

    I'll be giving a webcast in one week on the manageability improvements introduced in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. Feel free to post questions/comments to this blog that you'd like me to address during the webcast. Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time Event Overview In...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard Reports -- Now Available!

    Have you ever noticed one of your SQL Server instances running unusually slowly? Have you had difficulty quickly identifying what areas could be affecting its performance? One of our customer support Escalation Engineers, Keith Elmore, specializes in understanding these types of problems. He has...
  • Blog Post: Maintenance Plan Changes in SQL Server 2005 SP2

    Update (2007-Mar-06): http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlrem/archive/2007/03/06/Maintenance-Plan-Changes-Update.aspx Users of SQL Server 2005 maintenance plans should be aware of a change in SP2 that affects existing cleanup tasks until updated using SQL Server SP2 tools. Who is affected? You...
  • Blog Post: SP2/BPA Frequently Asked Questions

    I have been getting a lot of questions and hearing a lot of speculation about SP2 and BPA. Let me address some of the most common questions. SP2 When will SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 be available? SQL Server 2005 SP2 is currently available as a Community Technology Preview. This is a pre-release...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 - December CTP

    Before I go on vacation, I'd like to send a quick thank you to the community for giving us their thoughts on the November CTP of SP2. There were many thousands of downloads and a lot of people have started posting their suggestions and bug reports on Microsoft Connect . I'd like to call out a few...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - Service Pack 2 - Web Chat

    Whenever something you use every day changes, it's not always easy to put down what you're doing, find out what changes and determine if it's right for you/your team. For some environments, it will take a great amount of effort to investigate and adopt SQL Server 2005. We in the SQL Server Product Team...
  • Blog Post: Custom Reports in Management Studio

    One of the improvement areas we've introduced in Service Pack 2 is the ability to run your own reports inside Management Studio. Here is a draft of the Books Online topics. This is subject to change at any time. The November CTP of Service Pack 2 can be obtained here: http://www.microsoft.com/sql...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 - November CTP

    SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 - November CTP is available for download. For more information please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ctp.mspx . Over the next few weeks, we will be posting blogs on some of the improvements the SQL Server Manageability team has made in Service Pack 2. Visit the...
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