July SQL Server User Group Reminder

Just a reminder that everyone is invited to the SQL User Group meeting – 10 July 2012 as part of the Microsoft Community Night in Johannesburg Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT+0200) Microsoft Bryanston office 3012 William Nicol Dr Sandton, 2191 South Africa The agenda for tomorrows meeting will be…


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,…


SQL Server 2008 Data Loading Performance Guide

I previously posted a note about the SQL Server Enterprise Architecture Summit (SEAS) event held in Durban which I attended towards the end of last year. During one of the sessions at this event Thomas Kejser walked us through the process and thinking involved in achieving the ETL world record as announced earlier last year…


Windows Failover Cluster Terminology

I must admit that one of the most confusing and frustrating sets of terminology  that I encounter on a day to day basis relates to Microsoft Windows Clustering technology. So lets start by saying that a Microsoft Windows failover cluster is a collection of servers that by working together increase the availability of applications and…

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SQL Server 2008 runs SAP

Today Microsoft  announced the recent certification of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 to fully support SAP NetWeaver 7.0 and the newly released SAP Business Suite 7. For more details check out the press release. <Gary>