Upgrading from SQL 2000/2005 to 2008

Still running SQL Server 2000 or 2005?  Interested in upgrading to 2008, but not sure how to go about it?  Here are a couple of recently released resources from your friends at Microsoft to help you get through the upgrade with a clean bill of heath: SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide – this…

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HHH Launch Update – SQL Server 2008!

For those of you that attended one of the Heroes Happen {Here} Events in the US, I’ve just been told that your copies of SQL Server 2008 should be hitting the post office “within the month” (quote from one of our Marketing Managers).  Hopefully you registered on the site using the codes you were provided…

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MSDN Unleashed and ArcReady

Not sure if everyone is subscribed to the MSDN Flash or not, but if you’re not – it is a GREAT resource for finding out what’s happening in your area.  I like the fact that it’s customized to show events and happenings in your geography (my copy shows me what’s happening in TX, OK, LA…

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MVP David Walker featured on Quest Software’s Pain-of-the-Week

Kudos and congratulations to our very own MVP David Walker for his starring role on this week’s Quest Software’s Pain-of-the-Week.  The topic was Quest Software’s Pain-of-the-Week: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!  I’ve got it queued up to watch, and so should you. Congrats David! Technorati…

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SQL Server 2008 RTM!

Grab your hats and clear out your bandwidth – it’s time to start downloading SQL Server 2008!  Previously codenamed “Katmai”, SQL Server 2008 represents some serious enhancements over SQL Server 2005 – read more about it at the SQL Server 2008 Press Release, the SQL Server Community Site, and SQLBlogs.com.  Also, here’s the release schedule…

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NWA SQL Server User Group

Congratulations to Jason Pluenneke and the folks in Northwest Arkansas for their first ever Northwest Arkansas SQL Server User Group meeting tonight!  A very respectable 20-person crowd gathered together tonight to hear Boyd Evert discuss the new features of SQL Server 2008.  I’t’s great to see the user group community growing – I hope to…

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NWA SQL Server User Group starting up!

For those of you in the Northwest Arkansas area, don’t miss the inaugural meeting of the Northwest Arkansas SQL Server User Group. Meeting Details: The first ever NWASQL meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Pizza will be provided and there will be several drawings for Microsoft products and…

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Free Software for Students – Microsoft DreamSpark

Calling all students!  Check out this video featuring Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as he discusses a new initiative called Microsoft DreamSpark targeted at offering Microsoft developer tools FREE to students: Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology This is a FANTASTIC deal for students interested in getting into the Software Development field. Using…

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Excerpts from Peter DeBetta’s SQL Server 2008 Book

My good friend Peter DeBetta, SQL Server MVP and all around nice guy, has been working on a SQL Server 2008 book for a while now for MS Press.  I learned today that you can get a free e-Book with excerpts from this book from the Microsoft SQL Server Learning Portal: Peter has already written…

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Triple Launch 2008 – Mark your Calendars!

Here are the currently known dates for the Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Launch Events in South Central District: March 6 – Baton Rouge, LA March 20 – Houston, TX April 8 – Dallas, TX April 10 – San Antonio, TX This info was taken from the registration page of the…

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