Live @ TechEd Africa 2009 (Part 1)

I am now in Durban at the International Conference Center (ICC) where I will be presenting a couple of TechEd sessions starting from tomorrow. Microsoft SQL Server Virtualization and Consolidation Considerations and Best Practices (DAT314) Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Testing Tools, Methodology, and Best Practices (DAT310) Considerations for Large-Scale SharePoint Deployments on Microsoft…


July SQL 2008 Cumulative Updates Released

Earlier this week (21 July 2009) the SQL Server Release Services team released Cumulative Update #3 for SQL Server 2008 SP1 SP1 and Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2008 RTM For a better understanding of the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server check out  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935897 <Gary>


SQL Server Disk Partition Alignment Whitepaper

I have over the past couple of years engaged with many customers around the benefits of correct partition alignment for their SQL Server disk sub-systems. There is finally a  comprehensive white paper on the subject for our reference: Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server. Windows Server 2008 avoids the issue completely through  the…


SQL Server Cumulative Updates

Earlier this week (18 May 2009) the SQL Server Release Services team released Cumulative Update #4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 and the Cumulative Update #14 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2  These follow on from last months release of Cumulative Update #2 for SQL Server 2008 SP1 and Cumulative Update #5…


ZA SQL Server User Group June

Just a quick, last minute reminder that the next SQL Server user group will be held on Tuesday (23 June 2009) at 6:30PM at the Microsoft South Africa offices in Bryanston (3012 William Nicol Drive). This month Mark Stacey will be talking about Service Broker Don’t forget my challenge to bring along someone else new…


SQL Server Virtual Guest Clustering Support

During TechEd 2009 last week it was announced that Microsoft will now support SQL Server 2008 guest failover clustering. The “Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment” article has now also been updated to reflect these important changes. This is awesome news and provides us with maximum…


May ZA SQL Server User Group

This is just a quick, last minute reminder that the next SQL Server user group will be held tonight (19 May 2009) at 6:30PM at the Microsoft South Africa offices in Bryanston (3012 William Nicol Drive)  Cedric will be presenting “Performance Monitoring using Management Studio (SSMS) – Introduction to the Management Data Warehouse” Clinton will…


ZA SQL Server User Group

This is just a quick reminder that the next SQL Server user group will be held tomorrow (17 March 2009) at 6:30PM at the Microsoft South Africa offices in Bryanston (3012 William Nicol Drive)  There will be two sessions: SQL Server with Powershell  by  Paul Filmalter SQL Server Auditing by Paul Els Don’t forget my…


SQL Server 2008 Auditing Whitepaper

Il-Sung Lee and Art Rask’s whitepaper exploring the details of Auditing in SQL Server 2008 is now available online. <Gary>


SQL in Botswana

Its going to be in Botswana for the next month or so. More specifically the city of Gaborone (population about 200k). I have no idea what connectivity will be like so we will have to wait and see how regularly I will be able to blog.   <Gary>