SQL 2008 Slipstream Install of Service Packs and Cumulative Updates

One of the questions that often comes up is “How to perform a installation of SQL 2008 without the need additionally apply both the Service Pack and Cumulative Updates ?”, whether that be to improve the efficiency of your installation process, reduce the number of required restarts or avoid known setup issues. The answer to…


SQL Server Latest Updates – March 2010

I just had a question today from one of my customers around what the latest SQL Server Service Packs and Cumulative Updates are. I thought this would be relatively easy but understandably there is actually no single location for this information on a single page. SQL Server 2005 Express: SQL Server 2005 Express with Service…


SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Broker Changes

Having been involved with a large SQL Server Service Broker deployment and having to deal with the challenges of having to process conversations across thousands of endpoints and the requirement to process messages from multiple conversations in parallel as efficiently as possible whilst still dealing with poison messages efficiently. Poison Message Handling As part of…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 the last release to support Itanium

Some time back, in the context of the then recently released TCP results, I blogged about the rise the performance of the X64 platform and the threat that that may pose to the long term viability of the IA64 platform. In a blog last week the Windows Server team announced that Windows Server 2008 R2,…


Generations in computing and their builders

The definition of the beginning of one generation and the end of another as it relates to computing is at best unclear to me. The death of Dr. Henry Edward Roberts yesterday, the man who designed the Altair 8800 broadly credited as being the world’s first personal computer is a generational milestone for personal computing…


TechDays 2010

TechDays 2010 – The technology training conference for South African IT Professionals is coming to Durban,  Johannesburg and Cape Town, and it is even bigger this year! Johannesburg and Cape Town will boast 5 tracks with 5 sessions each following a keynote and Durban 3 tracks with 5 sessions each.  In addition Johannesburg and Cape…