Microsoft SQL Azure

The CTP 2 of SQL Azure was released last week at PASS event. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sqlazure/ But what is SQL Azure? – To get a quick answer for this question check this video. Check this document that have an overview about SQL Azure – Overview of Microsoft SQL Azure and a datasheet here – SQL Azure Datasheet…


SQL Server 2008 R2 – November CTP

Hi all, At PASS Event, last week, it was released the latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 R2, the November CTP: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2-Next.aspx This CTP is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/R2Downloads.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fe0c6a31-5ad6-4eea-a865-73bbe2608bd1&displaylang=en (MSDN & TECHNET subscribers can also download this CTP using their subscriptions) Release Notes – Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Release Notes Readme…


Latest Cumulative Updates for SQL Server

Hi all, These are the latest Cumulative Updates available for SQL Server – based on the actual date 18/11/2009: SQL Server 2008 Supported Build Latest Cumulative Update Link RTM(*) 8 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975976 SP1 5 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975977 SQL Server 2005 Supported Build Latest Cumulative Update Link SP2(*) 16 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974647 SP3 6 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974648 (*) – Review the following link…


Project “Gemini” or just PowerPivot 2010

Hello, Some weeks ago, Microsoft, announced the official name of the project with codename “Gemini” – PowerPivot for Excel 2010 – www.powerpivot.com . PowerPivot for Excel 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/officebusiness/office2010/Default.aspx?vid=Gemini Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/powerpivot.aspx To get an overview of the features that you can find on PowerPivot, follow this link: Overview Of Gemini…


Information about the SNAC package and Cumulative Updates

Hello, When you follow the steps to download a SQL Server 2005 (SP2/SP3) or SQL Server 2008 (RTM/SP1) cumulative update, you see a list of packages where you need to chose which ones you want to download and, normally, you have doubts about which one or ones you need to select. Should I download SNAC…


Security Update – MS09-062

Hello, Normally, two releases of a SQL security update are released: GDR (General Distribution Release) QFE (Quick Fix Engineering) The GDR release must be applied to all the SQL Server instances that keeps the RTM build or for the cases where only a Service Pack was installed. The QFE release must be applied for the…


New white papers for SQL Server were released

Hello, New white papers where published for SQL Server 2008: Consolidation Using SQL Server 2008 High Availability with SQL Server 2008 Using the Microsoft Connector for Oracle by Attunity with SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Using the Microsoft Connector for Teradata by Attunity Response to Oracle’s Edison 2009 Report SharePoint and Reporting Services Integration Troubleshooting…


SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering White Paper

  Hello SQL Nation, A new white paper is available for SQL Server 2008. This time about the SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering feature. Look at the SQL CAT Team web site:   http://sqlcat.com/whitepapers/archive/2009/07/08/sql-server-2008-failover-clustering.aspx   Cheers,


SQL Server 2005 – Performance Dashboard installation steps

Hi, To get the Performance Dashboard for SQL Server 2005 installed you must follow these steps: 1. Download the installation package from Microsoft Web Site: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1d3a4a0d-7e0c-4730-8204-e419218c1efc&displaylang=en 2. Install the MSI where you have the SQL Server Management Studio installed 3. Locate the Performance Dashboard folder, normally you should find it here: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\PerformanceDashboard…


SQL Server 2008 – Slipstream

Hi, To build a slipstreamed version of the SQL Server 2008 setup, please, take a look in the following links: How to update or slipstream an installation of SQL Server 2008 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955392 SQL Server 2008 Slipstream Frequently Asked Questions http://blogs.msdn.com/petersad/archive/2009/04/24/sql-server-2008-slipstream-frequently-asked-questions.aspx Create a merged (slipstream) drop containing SQL Server 2008, Server Pack 1 and a Cumulative…