SQLUG.BE – next UG event: The Holy Trinity for SQL Server DBAs

The Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing another interesting evening full of technical content. From their website:”This UG-evening will start with an introduction of the basics of index design (the heap,clustered/non clustered indexes and covering of a query by an index). Later we will discuss how the optimizer works, why it can be wrong…

Kimball University: Microsoft SQL Server Comes of Age for Data Warehousing

  Just bumped into this article in Intelligent Enterprise – June 23, 2008 Impressive to see the impact of the new SQL Server 2008 features, like compression, partitioning and star schema optimization to improve your DW/BI system’s query performance. Guess it’s gonna be a busy DW year!  😉


SQL Server now with a logo !!!

For many years, SQL Server was a product / platform with no logo. At TechEd US we finally revealed the new SQL Server logo : Check the Data Platform Insider’s post here for more background info. Cheers! Guntherb.


Rafal Lukawiecki- Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Enterprises on TechNet Spotlight

I’ve always had a passion for Data Mining… simply because I didn’t understand what it’s all about 🙂 and foremost, because it’s such a huge – yet unknown – hidden gem in the SQL Server Business Intelligence stack!   One of the world’s best presenters, Rafal Lukawiecki, presents Data Mining in a very interesting 1-day…


What’s up with those SQL Injection Attacks lately ?

As you might have seen in the news, there have been ongoing SQL injection attacks against vulnerable web applications occurring over the last few months.  These attacks have received recurring attention in the press as they pop up in various geographies around the world, and there have been a number of customer inquiries as well….


SQL User Group evening : "Managing, monitoring and troubleshooting SQL Server using Free tools"

Woohoo! The guys from the SQL User Group keep going strong. I’m very pleased that our very own Dirk Gubbels will be delivering the next SQL Server User Group evening. C ya there! Guntherb. Speaker: Dirk Gubbels (Microsoft Consultancy Services, SQL Ranger, MCA) Abstract: Out of the box, SQL Server 2005 offers nice tools for…

SQLUG.be : Reporting Services by Marc Mertens

On Thu Nov 22 the Belgian SQL Server User Group (SQLUG.be) will deliver a SQL Server Reporting Services by the one & only Marc Mertens.   Abstract:Reporting Services is Microsoft’s server based reporting solution that is delivered together with SQL Server 2005. In this session you will learn how to create a report, deploy and…

JDBC Driver 1.2 CTP August 2007

Good news for all the J2 App Server fanatics! 🙂 We’ve just released a new Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver with SQL Server 2005. The SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver 1.2 CTP August 2007 download is available to all SQL Server users at no additional charge, and provides access to SQL Server 2000 and SQL…

SQL Express : How to detect if Express is installed?

I recently stumbled across this question from a customer : how can you detect if SQL Express is installed on a local/remote box? Apparantly, the Add/Remove Programs list lists some confusing entries including general “SQL Server” et all, so how do you know if SQL Express is on the box or not? Here’s a trick…