What’s A Customer and How Should We Connect?

Doug Barney recently wrote in the magazine Redmond that “[Microsoft] should formally and publicly engage customer in the design process – sort of an open source front-end to a commercial project.” He also wrote, “does Microsoft listen to customers? Absolutely, more than almost any vendor I’ve ever seen.” Doug’s remarks are totally on the mark…

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Where to go next…

I’ve been meaning to post for some time, however, I’ve really been struggling with where to go next. I’m sitting in a transition between Setup/Upgrade and Manageability. I have a bunch of setup knowledge I could share, including some topics like: What the heck is MSSQL.1, MSSQL.2, etc? What are all those groups that SQL…

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Management Studio & More

In SQL Server 2005 we rewrote Enterprise Studio into what is now called Management Studio. One of the major pieces of work was the consolidation of the administration of all services (Database Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and Integration Services) into a single tool. However, [Microsoft] doesn’t provide all of the functionality or tools that…

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Rock the Launch!

Yeah Baby! The launch event was fantastic; so much energy; so much excitement; so much buzz. One of the most important aspects of a launch event is the live entertainment. Remember, the Windows 95 launch? The Rolling Stones played live. That was pretty awesome (no I wasn’t there). For our launch I don’t think we…

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SQL Server 2005 Launch Site

The SQL Server 2005 launch site is now available: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/applicationplatform/launch2005/default.mspx. There are great resources here for SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and Biz Talk 2006. You can find a launch event near you and you can also watch Steve Ballmer’s key note.

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SQL Server 2005 Launch T -3 Days

The SQL Server 2005 Launch kick-off event is just a few days away. You can view all of the launch details, including venues and cities at http://www.microsoft.com/events/2005launchevents/default.mspx. I couldn’t be more excited for this launch. I joined Microsoft ~18 months ago and started working immediately on SS2K5. The road to release has been filled with…

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SQL2K Side-By-Side with SQL2K5

I’ve seen this question come up a lot in the newgroups: “I already have SQL Server 2000 installed, can I install SQL Server 2005 side-by-side with SQL Server 2000?” The short answer is yes. SQL Server is a multi-instanced product which means that with the exception of some shared files each instance of SQL Server…

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CD vs DVD

When you take a look inside a software develop project it’s amazing how many decisions are made on a daily basis, how many of those decisions take so long to make, and how passionate people can become about those decisions. During the development of SQL Server 2005 we hit a point where no matter how…

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Oracle Blows it Again

This was posted on eWeek today. Researcher: Oracle Passwords Crack in Mere MinutesAttackers can easily crack even strong Oracle database passwords and gain access to critical enterprise data because of weak password protection mechanisms, researchers have warned. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1878935,00.asp You can follow the link to read the entire story. The bottom line is Oracle is once…

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Welcome

Welcome to my blog. I’m a lead PM on the SQL Server team so my focus will be on SQL Server. Initially the content will focus on setup and installation. However, I recently transitioned on to the manageability team and will be focusing my efforts on SQL Server Management Studio, DBMail, SQL Agent, among other…

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