SQL Server & SQL Azure-Migration Assistant

 SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.0 is now available. It can be used to simplify the automation of migrating of Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases to SQL server and/or SQL Azure. For more details see the SQL Server Team blog here.

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NoSQL and Windows Azure–Choices, Options and Strategies

Andrew J. Brust from Blue Badge Insights, Inc. has just published an outstandingly detailed paper on NoSQL and the features of Windows Azure that are NoSQL in nature or that are NoSQL-like. Starting with a discussion of NoSQL in general and the types of NoSQL databases (Key-Value Stores, Document Stores, Wide Column Stores and Graph…

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SQL Server Data-tier Application Framework Eases Database Management

The Data-tier Application Framework (DAC Fx)  is a set of tools, API’s and services designed to dramatically simplify the development, deployment and management of SQL Server and SQL Azure database schemas. DAC Fx was introduced in SQL Server 2008 R2 as part of an improvement category known as “Application and Multi-Server Management” (AMM). It’s a…

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Metro Early Adoption Program for SQL Server – "Denali"

Announcing the Metro Early Adoption Program for SQL Server Code Name "Denali". The Metro Early Adoption Program for SQL Server Code Name “Denali” is open for nominations.  This program helps developers build real projects and solutions on the next major release of SQL Server code named “Denali”.  For more details, check out Roger Doherty’s blog.

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Database Import and Export for SQL Azure

SQL Azure database users have a simpler way to archive SQL Azure and SQL Server databases, or to migrate on-premises SQL Server databases to SQL Azure. Import and export services through the Data-tier Application (DAC) framework make archival and migration much easier. The import and export features provide the ability to retrieve and restore an…

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BizSpark Startup Flickchart on Mashable

Cool story on Flickchart on Mashable. 117 Million ratings? Wow! 2 Guys, 1 Passion Project & a Gold Mine of Movie Data This isn’t your average startup story, nor our Nathan Chase and Jeremy Thompson your average founders. No, this is the story of movie ranking engine Flickchart, a hobby project dreamt up by the…

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HP Business Decision Appliance

HP and Microsoft have announced the HP Business Decision Appliance.  This appliance comes with the complete Microsoft Business Intelligence stack including: Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, and PowerPivot for SharePoint. It can be installed and configured in less than one hour. Key benefits of this appliance are: Quickly extend usage…

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Choosing between SQL Server, SQL Azure, SharePoint and Access

               Microsoft provides a rich set of database technologies that can be use to implement on-premise and cloud based products and services.  The question of which tool to use for a given scenario often comes up. This well thought-out white paper lists the pros and cons of each one and the reasons…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit January 2011 Update Now Available

The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update For Developers January 2011 Update has just been released.  This is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations, demos,…

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FREE SQL Server Training Webinars

Here are some Free SQL Server training webinars from a Microsoft partner.  Pragmatic Works, SQL Server Central  and Microsoft would like to invite you to a another month of Free SQL Server Training delivered by the people that write the books! Speaker: Mike Davis Topic:SSIS Troubleshooting Date: January 18, 2011, 11:00 a.m. EDT In this…

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