PDC10 is here!

Yip you heard right the Microsoft PDC event will be running this year on October 28th and 29th in Redmond. The Microsoft PDC event has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements since the first event in 1991. This year will be no exception. Leading-edge developers and architects will gather in Redmond this October…


SQL Cape User Group

The SQL Cape User Group Kick-Off event will be taking place this Thursday 15 July 2010 at the Microsoft Cape Town Offices. I will be presenting a little something on SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services (MDS), similar to what I presented up in Johannesburg last month. I look forward to seeing you there….


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Released

I have over the past several years utilized the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit in its previous incarnations as my primary tool for getting an initial picture of a customers SQL deployments when starting any consolidation or risk assessment engagement. For those of you who have not used it, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning…


SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 CTP

Yesterday Microsoft released the SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP which includes all cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 SP1 cumulative update package 8. What makes this release interesting to evaluate (obviously only in non-production environments) for me is the inclusion of support for enlisting SQL Server 2008 instances into the SQL Server Utility and…