Great new Whitepaper on High Availability

Paul Randal, he of SQLskills.com fame, has published a new whitepaper on High Availability with SQL Server. If you follow any SQL Server news or blog sites, you’ve probably already see the announcement for it, but I wanted to mention it here in case you haven’t seen it yet. There are certain references I save…

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SQL Server Desktop Screen Background

I was doing a presentation recently and was asked about the image I use as my background on my desktop. I’m happy to share it! Click below for the full size:

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The Plan for Evaluating a New Release

SQL Server 2008 R2 is now out, and you can get the “Customer Technical Preview” or CTP here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee315247.aspx But it seems like SQL Server 2008 just came out! I’m still installing and upgrading it on the systems I manage. I tend not to focus too much on a new release, but it’s foolish, I…

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The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

Want some free training? I think Microsoft does an amazing job of getting training out for free. If you need a boost for your career, are just starting out, or need to re-tool after a layoff, or if you just want to become more familiar with the latest version, you can access these resources to…

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Should I stay or Should I Go?

I’m writing this post on a bus headed towards the Seattle Convention Center, where the technical folks in the field meet once a year to hear from the product teams about all the new features coming in the future. I used to present at this conference (and in fact I still do), but today I’ll…

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Latest Updates for SQL Server 2008 are Out

There are two new updates that I need to pass along. Hopefully, you have another source for learning about updates, but it never hurts to point out new updates. The first is a Cumulative Update for SQL server 2008 if you have SP1 installed: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2009/07/20/cumulative-update-3-for-sql-server-2008-sp1.aspx The second is the Cumulative Update if you have only…

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ODBC Drivers Are Updated in Windows 7

One of the first exposures I had to an ODBC driver was NOT a good one – the particular behavior for ANSI NULLS ended up causing some issues in a database application that I had inherited, so I tend to keep my eye on these things. Mind you, it was back in the SQL Server…

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Migrations and ROI

We’ve had a lot of folks switching to SQL Server from other platforms lately. They start looking at SQL Server because many of the other vendors are prohibitively expensive, and they also charge for things that come with SQL Server out of the box, like ETL, BI and Reporting. But before they make the jump,…

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SQL Server 2005 SP2 Gains CEC EAL4+

No, that’s not a mis-print – it’s SQL Server 2005 SP2 I’m talking about. This criteria is increadibly exacting, and takes a huge investment in time and money from a company (like us) to reach. If you’re in an installation that requires this type of certification, you can move to SP2 now. Here’s the full…

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SQL Server 2008 Whitepaper Access Point

A special site is available to get at the whitepapers for SQL Server 2008. You can find that here:  http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/learning/whitepapers.mspx.  And here are a few of my personal favorites: Performance and Scale http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/whitepapers/sql_2008_perfandscale.mspx  Manageability http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/whitepapers/sql_2008_manageability.mspx Delivering location intelligence with spatial data http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/whitepapers/spatialdata.mspx SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/whitepapers/sql_2008_ssrs.mspx What’s new for XML in SQL Server…

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