July SQL Server User Group Reminder

Just a reminder that everyone is invited to the SQL User Group meeting – 10 July 2012 as part of the Microsoft Community Night in Johannesburg Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT+0200) Microsoft Bryanston office 3012 William Nicol Dr Sandton, 2191 South Africa The agenda for tomorrows meeting will be…

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New Visual Studio Version for Business Users

Yesterday Microsoft announced that the beta of a new version of Visual Studio development suite, called Visual Studio LightSwitch will be available for download on August 23. Visual Studio LightSwitch directly targets business analysis and everyday business users who need to build applications without the typically required development skills. What’s really cool for me is…

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PDC10 is here!

Yip you heard right the Microsoft PDC event will be running this year on October 28th and 29th in Redmond. The Microsoft PDC event has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements since the first event in 1991. This year will be no exception. Leading-edge developers and architects will gather in Redmond this October…

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SQL Cape User Group

The SQL Cape User Group Kick-Off event will be taking place this Thursday 15 July 2010 at the Microsoft Cape Town Offices. I will be presenting a little something on SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services (MDS), similar to what I presented up in Johannesburg last month. I look forward to seeing you there….

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Released

I have over the past several years utilized the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit in its previous incarnations as my primary tool for getting an initial picture of a customers SQL deployments when starting any consolidation or risk assessment engagement. For those of you who have not used it, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning…

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 CTP

Yesterday Microsoft released the SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP which includes all cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 SP1 cumulative update package 8. What makes this release interesting to evaluate (obviously only in non-production environments) for me is the inclusion of support for enlisting SQL Server 2008 instances into the SQL Server Utility and…

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The 24 hours of PASS is now online

The 24 hours of PASS is now online, you will need to register and login but its there for you to consume. For a complete list of all the sessions with their details checkout http://www.sqlpass.org/24hours/2010/Sessions.aspx <Gary>

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practice Analyzer Released

After a discussion last week at the ZA SQL Server User Group meeting around the scanning and managing your SQL environment for best practice deployment using  the Best Practice Analyzer (BPA) or Policy-Based Management (formerly known as the Declarative Management Framework (DMF)). Well yesterday Microsoft released the SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practice Analyzer, how…

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SA SQL Server User Group Meeting (June 2010)

This is just a quick, last minute reminder that the next SQL Server user group will be held tonight (15 June 2009) at 6:30PM at the Microsoft South Africa offices in Bryanston (3012 William Nicol Drive). Inus du Preez will be discussing SQL 2008 R2 deployment strategies. <Gary>

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Parallel Data Warehouse Clinic Released

I have received many requests for additional technical training material for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse from customers and partners when I introduce the capabilities as part of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 roadmap discussions. The good news is that I now have a really good  resource to refer you to, today…

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