SQL Server 2005 December CTP released to betaplace and MSDN Subscriber Downloads

“Last Friday, Microsoft released the second Community Technical Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2005. In addition to many quality and performance enhancements, this CTP will introduce 64-bit support for SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services and SQL Server 2005 Integration Services on top of the 64-bit support already included for the database engine. The SQL Server…

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MSDN Smart Client Developer Center gets a make over

My focus is SQL – but SQL alone does not an application build. You need (in most cases) a user interface – and the two main choices we face when architecting solutions is whether to go with web technologies with zero/small client footprint or to retain a significant client footprint. Everyone pretty much accepts: – That…

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Recommended reading on SQL Server 2000 Consolidation

I was asked by a partner about this and had to admit I have no experience of doing it. Fortunately I cam across a great write up of some lab work we did earlier in the year – check out http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2000/deploy/32bitconsolidation.mspx. From there I came across Http://www.microsoft.com/serverconsolidation  which has info across many of our products…

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UK SQL Server 2005 Development Event in Reading, November 22nd.

Hi all, myself and my colleague Mike Taulty are delivering an MSDN session on developer features in SQL Server 2005 this month. This is a subset of what Tim Sneath, Stephen Turner and I delivered on Sept 1st in London. Provisionally the agenda is: 6:30pm Eric Nelson, Welcome and Overview6:45pm Mike Taulty, Developer features in…

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Register for next Microsoft UK Architect Forum – Dec 6th “Software tools and methods”

Hi all – we are running our next Architect Forum session in December – should be good – last one was certainly interesting. Eric “The next one-day Architect Forum will cover “Software Tools and Methods” taking place on Monday 6th December at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London.  This event will provide an overview of…

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New SQL Server 2000 Labs to download

Hi folks, on a spot of holiday this week – but spotted this….definitely worth sharing “Some new SQL Server 2000 labs have been developed and were recently featured at the SQL PASS conference.  These self-pace training labs are free, lightweight troubleshooting training for anyone interested in reviewing training in a self-study environment.  They cover popular…

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