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  • Blog Post: Bing: there it is! My PPS setup problem(s) solved.

    Obligatory bing plug. The name is growing on me... Link #1 in the search results was Nick Barclay’s great post on sorting out PPS setup issues with SQL Server 2008: "System.Web.Extensions" performancepoint "configuration error" - Bing Useful reference linkages: Installing and Troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Whoops. Got to uninstall all the .NET 4.x bits or Server Manager breaks...

    Fiddling around with TFS 2010 (x64) got me into a little trouble: "MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly. CLSID: FX:{18ea3f92-d6aa-41d9-a205-2023400c8fbb}" Doh. Fortunately, there were just two more .NET 4.x Beta 1 items in PAF (on 2008, formerly...
  • Blog Post: I was right: I was wrong. 15% was too much.

    One of the shiny new features added to Management Studio for 2008 allows you to plot spatial data for any table that has geography or geometry data in the new spatial types. This comes in pretty handy for doing quick visual inspection of small spatial data sets... and it turns out that my early suspicion...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 Samples are up!

    I'm still recovering from three weeks OOF, but my teammates in Redmond and Beijing have done a great job getting the next preview of SQL Server 2008 samples ready for you. The main CodePlex portal for SQL Server Samples has links to all the individual projects. But if you want to just grab the whole...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

    In a striking change of direction, I'm happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs. Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server gurus: Find bugs. Win an Xbox 360?

    If you don't think there are any bugs in SQL Server 2008 CTP6 -or- if you wouldn't know what to do with a shiny new Xbox 360, then this contest is not for you. For everyone else, there are enough categories and potential 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes that you'd have to simply not report any bugs to have...
  • Blog Post: Charging toward CTP6 on Longhorn...

    This weekend was going to be the one to setup Windows Home Server, but I got distracted by Windows Server 2008 when I just happened to see the x86 bits hit MSDN... which reminded me that I should covert my development VPC images over to 2008. (I've been busy with Mass Effect . Sorry.) I like Longhorn...
  • Blog Post: How do I use Feature X in SQL Server?

    Buck's got a great point about how SQL Server's development themes are managed from the top down: It isn't a matter of thinking up single features or changes to the product, it's a cohesive direction we all want to go. Carpe Datum : Why on earth are you working on that? Reading his blog always make me...
  • Blog Post: Hi, Mom! (And everybody else.)

    "So, what do you do?" It's a common enough question, right? Usually immediately subsequent to "Where do you work?" People ask it to break the ice. They ask it because they're interested. They ask it because they can't believe somebody actually pays me to work @ Microsoft. Heh. Even...
  • Blog Post: FILESTREAM, Windows Vista and you.

    I won't complain about yet-another-configuration-stored-procedure, since I hold out hope that managing FILESTREAM's status at the server level will be rolled into sp_configure or DDL before RTM... but this is me not holding my breath. *sigh* Anyway, if you want to use FILESTREAM data on your SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Belated happy annibirthary, SQL Server.

    I always seem to miss birthdays and anniversaries. *sigh* Not sure whether to call this one a birthday or an anniversary. Maybe the anniversary of prenatal announcement? Or was this back when nobody announced a product until it was done. (Did that ever happen? Or was I dreaming?) Yesterday in history...
  • Blog Post: Big brother (or SkyNet) is coming... to a PC near you.

    I loved the book 1984 , even though it was almost 1984 by the time I read it. The fact that the date was around the corner and technology wasn't anywhere close kind of took the punch out of the story. I guess it didn't scare me the way it scared "previous generations" (to put it politely)....
  • Blog Post: Sun makes database play! Is MySQL worth $1B?

    Now don't that take the rag off'n the bush? Sun Microsystems Inc. has agreed to buy open-source software maker MySQL AB for $1 billion, and said its fiscal second-quarter net income nearly doubled on boosted margins, according to preliminary results. Sun Micro to Buy MySQL, Maker of Open-Source Database...
  • Blog Post: I'm not the only one! Poor lil' guy...

    Although he probably won't live as long as I do, I still feel a little sad for the poor fellow. "I won’t tell you what I actually do now on Microsoft.com. It’s too embarrassing." The Lone Server @ Microsoft.com Not. What a whiner... Upgrade or die! Heh.
  • Blog Post: Inquiring transplants want to know, too: Who ordered snow?

    When I was interviewing, everybody kept telling me how it *wink* almost never snows here. *wink* Uh-huh. Sure. Seen it twice already since we moved. Must be global warming. "Schools running late but not work." Steve Clayton: Geek In Disguise : Who ordered snow? Bought a Sequoia anyway, so there...
  • Blog Post: Will the RML Utilities will catch up to 2008 soon?

    Inquiring minds want to know... RML Utilities for Microsoft SQL Server Released RML Utilities for Microsoft SQL Server Released (PSS SQL Server Engineers) Support for 2000 and 2005 only so far. Sorry! At least we've got both x86 and x64 versions, though.
  • Blog Post: Nominate your SQL Server wins for the 2008 TDWI Best Practices Awards!

    Vote early and often for your favorite implementations on your favorite platform! (Hint: your favorite platform is SQL Server.) Have you completed a data warehouse or business intelligence implementation that you think other organizations could learn from? Would you like some recognition for your accomplishment...
  • Blog Post: Want free SQL Server 2008 e-learning?

    I've been out of pocket for almost a month now, but I'm catching up on email (while all 6GB of Visual Studio 2008 Team System install on my shiny new PC). I'm sure others have blogged it, but in case you missed it and you, too, still want free SQL Server 2008 stuff, check it out! Collection 6187: What...
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