StreamInsight Samples Finally Online

The StreamInsight sample that I recently talked so much about in my Techdays and Bootcamp sessions are now finally online on CodePlex at http://streaminsight.codeplex.com. The purpose of these samples is to provide a guide through the StreamInsight development experience, demonstrating common design patterns for adapters, queries, and applications. Please participate in contributing to this effort…


May SA SQL Server User Group meeting

The May meeting of the SA SQL Server User Group will be on the 18th of May 2010. Venue and time are the same as always, 18h30 at the Microsoft offices This month I will be presenting on Master Data Management and SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services Hope to see you all there….


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack Update

The SQL Server 2008 R2 Feature Pack is now available for download and includes the usual collection of stand-alone packages now familiar to the previous versions of this feature pack including all the latest redistributable components for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. <Gary>


SQL Server 2008 R2 Et Al Public Download

Get the SQL Server 2008 R2 Trial This includes the 64bit and 32bit versions of SQL Server 2008 R2 and the 64bit and 32bit versions of the PowerPivot add-in for Office 2010. All versions of SQL Server 2008 R2 Express are also available. Additionally all the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 components are also available…


Windows Embedded Standard 7 Download

So it’s official, an evaluation edition of Windows Embedded Standard 7 is now available for download. If you have cooked up some solutions on earlier Windows XP  based versions of Windows Embedded get the latest download of Windows Embedded Standard 7 and move on up to the latest and greatest features. For more info check…


SQL Server 2008 R2 Boot Camp Review

The SQL Server 2008  R2 Boot Camp provided everyone with a great overview of the new capabilities of SQL Server 2008 R2: PowerPivot, Report Builder 3.0, the new Reporting Service and Multi Server Management capabilities,  Master Data Services and StreamInsight all in just three days.       Intundla Lodge What a great venue for…


Microsoft SQL Server JDBC 3.0 Released

I missed the fact that a couple of weeks back Microsoft released version 3.0 of the SQL Server JDBC drivers so quickly after having released the CPT at the beginning of March. The JDBC drivers now provides support for SQL Server 2008 features including: Date and Time data types (time, date, datetime2 and datetimeoffset in…


SQL Server 2008 R2 Express now with 10GB DBs

For those of you that missed the fact, SQL Server 2008 R2 Express is now available for download from the SQL Server Express site. But more importantly SQL Server 2008 R2 Express now supports 10 GB of storage per database. <Gary>


TechDays 2010 Cape Town Next Week

Only a week away, don’t forget TechDays 2010 is coming to Cape Town next week  and its the technology training conference for South African IT Professionals and it is even bigger this year! Dates: Cape Town, CTICC – 11 May 2010 (add to calendar) Cost: R795 ex vat and includes full access to the TechDays…


My Microsoft Certification Status Update

Every now and then I force myself to sit down and reevaluate my certification status across all Microsoft products and map out a personal plan against the Microsoft curriculum for those certifications that I wish to maintain (yes, there are some areas that I have consciously chosen not to maintain, such as messaging). The SQL…