AdventureWorks 2014 Sample Databases Are Now Available

  Where in the World is AdventureWorks? Recently, SQL Community feedback from twitter prompted me to look in vain for SQL Server 2014 versions of the AdventureWorks sample databases we’ve all grown to know & love. I searched Codeplex, then used the bing & even the google in an effort to locate them, yet all…

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A Rendezvous With Destiny: PASS 2009 (#sqlpass)

Rendezvous With Destiny Forty-five years ago, Ronald Reagan aka Ronaldus Magnus spoke to Americans of our rendezvous with destiny. In a few short days the SQL Community will rendezvous in Seattle for the PASS 2009 Summit. This time last year, eager & anxious, I was preparing for my very first presentation at PASS.  Those who…

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SQLIOSim Parser by Jens Suessmeyer & Yours Truly

New! Improved! v.3.3.0 Now Available on CodePlex!  Preamble SQLIOSim Parser shreds the results of SQLIOSim.log.xml in seconds, allowing easier & more accurate interpretation of the output of SQLIOSim. SQLIOSim is a tool written by CSS Engineer Bob Dorr.  Many of you know Bob from the excellent insights he shares on the CSS SQL Server Engineers blog. …

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xPerf: Once I Was Blind and Now I See

I’ve been aware of the buzz around xPerf for quite some time.  I flagged emails from Microsoft Premier Field Engineers Clint Huffman (author of PAL) & Shane Creamer (author of Vital Signs) who in internal DLs both cited the tool way back in 2008. Robert Smith is also a Microsoft PFE.  He is one of…

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A World Without Google

If you’re reading this, you survived last week’s Google glitch.  Learn more here about the events of Thursday morning, May 14, 2009: Frustration, distress over Google outage Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle For the record, I interrogated the Internets to cite this article using live.com.  Thanks to A.C.E. engineer Edmund Wong for bringing this to my…

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A Language for Software Architecture by JD Meier in The Architecture Journal

J.D. Meier is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices team.  He’s a great writer & a clear thinker.  J.D.’s Sources of Insight is devoted to getting results & balancing life. His latest-&-greatest publication is available now: A Language for Software Architecture J.D. Meier, The Architecture Journal, #19, TechEd 2009 Special Edition Article…

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MSDN Blog Box Beefed Up and SProcs Tweaked For New! Improved! User Experience

A few weeks ago Cindy Gross brought this tweet to my attention from SQL Server MVP Jason Massie: statisticsio:  I should pdf the essential posts from @aspiringgeek and sqlcat because everytime I really need them blogs.msdn.com is crawling. https://twitter.com/statisticsio/statuses/1377928792 Yes, aspiringgeek is my Twitter handle.  Who’d’ve thunk it?  And who’d’ve thunk Microsoft’s blogging backend could…

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SQL Server 2008 SP1: Available Now at an Internet Near You

The long-awaited SQL Server 2008 SP1 was just released, available at an Internet near you right NOW: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 The SP includes CUs 1, 2, & 3 (not 4), including “Key improvements in SP1 include Slipstream, Service Pack Uninstall and Report Builder 2.0 click-once deployment.” This is unprecedented administrative functionality.  I’ve…

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Office Outlook 2007 CU/HotFix f/u: "Best version of Outlook ever" per MS VP Will Kennedy

This is a follow-up to last week’s post in which I shared the fantastic perf enhancements in the latest-&-greatest Outlook 2007 Cumulative Update / HotFix.  My post prompted a reply from Will Kennedy, Microsoft Corporate VP of Outlook & InfoPath.  Will shared the following: I’m glad you’re happy with it! Thanks for the comments and…

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Perception, Reality, & Incrementally Tuning World-Class Applications

Performance & the 20% Rule I was reading the post from Ed Glas, Make Your Performance Work Count: The 20% Rule.  He shared the words of computer science professor & billionaire entrepreneur David Cheriton: If it is fast and ugly, they will use it and curse you; if it is slow, they will not use…

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