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Work blog for Roger Doherty, Sr. Program Manger, SQL Server Customer Experience Team

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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Content Updates

    We’ve just finished refreshing the following content assets to support Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit (May 2011 Update) SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) PHP on Windows and SQL Server Training...
  • Blog Post: Download the May 2011 Update of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

    The May 2011 Update release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available for download at the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9710868 The May 2011 update is a maintenance release which provides support for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Visual...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Great Self-Service Reporting and Analytics Experiences

    No matter how many high quality reports you develop, your users will always want more. They may want to change something on an existing report, do their own analysis on the same data, or create a brand new report altogether. You have two choices: either you can spend all of our time meeting this never...
  • Blog Post: Learn Data Mining Development Today!

    Developers are good at building database applications that collect a lot of data, but what are you doing with all of it? There’s patterns hidden in that data just waiting to be exploited! Did you know that SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services includes a rich set of tools, services and API’s...
  • Blog Post: Learn Dashboard Development Now!

    Dashboards are a fundamental component of any performance management solution, and SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services provides a rich set of tools and services for building highly interactive dashboard experiences that can help organizations of all sizes monitor and analyze their performance....
  • Blog Post: Access SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cube Data With Familiar Tools

    Now that you understand how to design and query Analysis Services cubes, this eighth unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN describes how to access cube data from familiar tools like Reporting Services, Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Excel Services...
  • Blog Post: Learn MDX Query Development

    Now that you understand the fundamentals of SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services cube design, it’s time to learn how to query them. This seventh unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN will introduce you to the basics of using Multi-Dimensional...
  • Blog Post: Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Development

    Developers worldwide use SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services to build comprehensive, enterprise-scale analytic solutions that reach users through familiar applications. If you have never developed a cube and you want to understand why you should, this new unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence...
  • Blog Post: SQL Insights PreCon at TechEd North America 2011

    Are you planning on attending TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta?  If so I’d like to encourage you to register for a special pre-conference session entitled Build Your First Microsoft BI Solution with SQL Server 2008 R2 .  This is a special one-day delivery of the popular SQLInsights content...
  • Blog Post: Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Publishing and Access Techniques

    Now that you understand how to develop reports, the next step is to understand how to publish and access them from your applications. This fifth unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN will introduce you to this topic. It also covers how to enable...
  • Blog Post: PHP on Windows and SQL Server Training Kit February 2011 Update

    Hey PHP and MySQL developers, did you ever wonder how to take full advantage of Windows, IIS and SQL Server? You may be under the impression that breakthrough features like full-text search and smooth streaming are only available to .NET developers, but you would be wrong! It’s time for you to...
  • Blog Post: Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Development

    Do you need to develop rich, interactive reports as an integrated part of a business intelligence solution? If so, then check out this fourth unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN. In just a couple of hours you can learn how to start developing...
  • Blog Post: Learn SQL Server 2008 R2 Integration Services Now

    Check it out developers, today we published the third unit in the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ) on MSDN. I hope you will take some time from your busy schedule to learn how to develop an ETL process (extract, transform, load) with SQL Server Integration...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course

    Today I’m pleased to announce the SQL Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Training Course (a.k.a. SQLInsights ), a new self-paced online training course brought to you by Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism. This is a is a great resource for developers, consultants and evangelists who...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update For Developers Training Kit – January 2011 Update

    Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update For Developers Training Kit January 2011 Update. This is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 R2 from a developer...
  • Blog Post: Brute Force Migration of Existing SQL Server Databases to SQL Azure

    This post is intended for those who are already familiar with SQL Server and want to get started working with SQL Azure .  One of the best ways to get up and running quickly is to migrate an existing SQL Server database to SQL Azure.  I chose the AdventureWorksDW2008R2 database because it’s...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL v1.0 Ships

    Okay MySQL developers, do you know what you’ve been missing out on? Microsoft SQL Server developers count on great features like online backup and rich data types to build great applications that are also industrial strength. That’s right, you can back up a SQL Server database without taking...
  • Blog Post: Running WordPress on Windows, SQL Server and SQL Azure

    My fellow evangelist Zach Owens has been busy these days evangelizing SQL Server as a great platform for running WordPress . Everything is coming together nicely and he’s launched a great site that pulls together a lot of good links and information. Check it out at: http://wordpress.visitmix...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit – June 2010 Update

    Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit June 2010 update. This update includes two additional units of new content covering SQL Server 2008 R2 related improvements in Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010, as well as many updates to address...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit – April 2010 Update

    Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit April 2010 update. This update includes an additional unit of new content covering SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services improvements. SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services offers a variety of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit – March 2010 Update 2

    Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit March 2010 update 2. This update includes an additional unit of new content covering SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight, a comprehensive development platform for building event-driven applications...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit – March 2010 Update

    In my previous post I announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit. Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of the March 2010 update, which includes an additional unit of new content covering Application and Multi-Server Management improvements in SQL...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit

    I’m pleased to announce that the first release of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download center, so download your copy today at the following URL: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9710868 We’ll be shipping a new release...
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