WesleyB's Blog

My long term memory for SQL Server related information.

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    The Data Loading Performance Guide

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    SQL Server has been gaining a lot of credibility in the data warehousing market the last couple of years. With that the challenge arises more and more to load massive amounts of data in SQL Server. Obviously this is a matter of good hardware in combination...
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    Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

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    Time to take SQL Server 2005 SP3 to build 9.00.4211 with this new CU2 for SP3. More information here . For those of you who are still on SP2 there is a cumulative update package which takes you to build 9.00.3315. More information here .
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    SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 - CTP

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    We are very pleased to announce the first CTP of Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008. Apart from all the fixes we also made a couple investments that you will appreciate. The change that will make many of you very happy is that we now allow slipstreaming...
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    Next UG-evening on Thu, March 19th: MDX From Zero To Hero

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    The next SQLUG evening will take place in our Microsoft Belux offices. So please feel free to drop by and ask your nasty questions or just have a chat with me ;-) From their website: MDX, from zero to hero. This session is brought to you by Franky Leeuwerck...
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    Cumulative update package 4 for SQL Server 2008

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    The guys that deliver the CUs sure do a great job, yet another one delivered on time. This one will take you to build 10.00.1798. More information here .
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    Connect

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    I attended a great SQLUG.BE evening last night about SSIS. Thank you for all the effort you put in this guys! When I come in contact with the people that are using our products everyday I hear that they have a lot of good feedback on how we could improve...
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    Development Edition meets Database Edition

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    A very short post since all the information you need is on Gert Drapers blog but I just want to make sure everyone knows about this. Please read this very important announcement about Visual Studio Team System Database Edition! *EDIT* Even more information...
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    SQL Server Kilimanjaro and Project Madison

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    Wikipedia says "Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in north-eastern Tanzania rising 4,600 m (15,100 ft) from its base, and is additionally the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,340...
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    Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment

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    This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions since we have released Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008. I guess you all know we do support running SQL Server 2008 in a virtual environment ask explained here . Like always there is no good answer...
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    Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Database Edition GDR

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    Gert Drapers has announced the June CTP of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Database Edition GDR which has - among many other improvements - support for SQL Server 2008. Apart from the SQL Server 2008 support, other additions certainly worth mentioning...
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    Data Collector in SQL Server 2008

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    One of the great enhancements in Manageability is certainly the "Data Collector" in SQL Server 2008. With the Data Collector you have the ability to capture performance metrics of your SQL Server(s) in a centralized way. Not only does it capture performance...
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    Best Practices using Policy Based Management

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    Another fine addition to SQL Server 2008 is Policy Based Management. This new feature allows you to enforce (or check) policies on your database servers which is a bit comparable to the well known Group Policies in Windows. The list of things you can...
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    SQLRSS Community Application

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    This open source project (on CodePlex ) shows how to use different technologies to display table changes as an RSS/Atom feed. It uses the new Change Tracking feature in SQL Server 2008 together with WCF and LINQ to XML. Check out the homepage and if...
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    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

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    In case you did not notice yet, Hyper-V has RTM'ed!!! More information can be found here and look here for more information about the performance of Hyper-V. Did you know we are running lots of websites on Hyper-V already?
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    PerformancePoint Server SP1 is available!

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    The guys from the PerformancePoint blog have announced the availability of PPS SP1! I am not going to duplicate the whole "What's New?" section so you will have to read it here . There is support for Windows Server 2008 and you can use SQL Server 2008...
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    SQL Server 2008 RC0

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    The moment we have all been waiting for the last couple of weeks, SQL Server 2008 RC0 is out there! For the time being it is only available as a subscriber download, so a little patience will be required if you do not have a Technet/MSDN subscription...
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    SQL Server 2008 RC0 for everyone

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    As of yesterday we have decided to release RC0 as a public download. Everyone start firing up your virtual machines or test servers because here it is! Please make sure you check the "What's New" section in the Books Online. Play around with it, test...
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    Velocity CTP1

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    For those of you who do not know what Velocitty is, the description from the download site: " “Velocity” is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable, available, and high-performance applications. Using “Velocity,”...
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    Cumulative update package 8 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

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    As already announced here , the CU8 package for SQL Server 2005 SP2 has been released. Do not forget about the self service hotfixes - more information here .
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    Report Builder 2.0 RTM

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    We are very proud to announce that Report Builder 2.0 is now available for download! Check out the announcement on the RS Team Blog here or go to the download directly. This is a very important release for our BI stack since ad hoc reporting is becoming...
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    SQL Server 2005 SP3 - Beta

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    The first public beta of Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 is now available for download . This is obviously for testing purposes only! If you have feedback please feel free to let us know on Connect .
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    SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

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    We are very proud to announce the release of the first service pack for SQL Server 2008. With the release of SQL Server 2008 we have also made great investments in the installer. I am sure you have all noticed that the setup experience is completely...
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    PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2

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    Service Pack 2 for PerformancePoint Server 2007 has been released. This means we now have full support for SQL Server 2008! More information here .
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    What happens when I update my partitioning key?

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    This is a question someone asked me yesterday and if you think about it, this is really a good question. The partitioning function defines on which partition the row will be mapped based on the partitioning column value. Imagine that you have a table...
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    SQL Server 2008 RTM

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    Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we have all been waiting for (well us SQL Server geeks at least). SQL Server 2008 RTM is available for download on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx . Finally some of the exciting...
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