The Top 10 Things to Know When Running SQL Server Workloads on Windows Azure VMs

Greetings to my friends from SQL Server and BI land. About 18 months ago I hung up my evangelist hat and moved into a program management role on the Customer Advisory Team focusing on Windows Azure. I was asked to help engineering connect with customers who were testing their SQL Server and BI workloads on…


Trust Services Lab Refresh Coming July 9th

I just got notified that a refresh of the Trust Services Lab is due out on July 9th 2012.  For those of you who don’t know what Trust Services is, it’s a .NET encryption framework for protecting sensitive data stored in Windows Azure Data Management technologies, including SQL Database (formerly known as SQL Azure), Tables…


Windows Azure Virtual Machine is Here!

On June 7, 2012 in San Francisco, Scott Guthrie encouraged the world to Meet the New Windows Azure . As part of this milestone, Scott announced the availability of several Windows Azure Preview Features including a new Virtual Machine capability. This exciting new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering makes it possible to deploy fully functional virtual machine…


They’re Here! SQL Server 2012 Early Adoption Cook Book Videos!

That’s right, just in time for SQL Server 2012 launch madness, every single presentation and demo included in the SQL Server 2012 Early Adoption Cook Book now has a corresponding video on Channel 9!  There are 50 videos covering every imaginable topic of interest to developers and IT Professionals who want to learn what’s new…


Announcing the SQL Server 2012 Early Adoption Cook Book

If you are on the “bleeding edge” of SQL Server 2012 early adoption, and you need content, samples or upgrade resources to move the ball forward, read on! Microsoft creates a lot of content designed to drive early adoption for new releases of SQL Server. We use this as a tool to arm trainers, consultants…


SQL Server 2012 on the SQL Down Under Podcast

My colleague Greg Low asked me to join him for the latest episode of the SQL Down Under podcast to discuss what’s new and interesting about SQL Server 2012.  Check it out! Or: Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all my database and BI friends out there!


New SQL Server 2012 Labs and Presentations Available

We just shipped a whole bunch of new content for the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit and you can get it right now via the Web Installer Preview: This update includes eleven new hands-on labs covering popular topics like Integration Services, the new BI Semantic Model and Power View. Remember, if you are…


New and Updated SQL Azure Labs Available

We just shipped a whole batch of new SQL Azure content in the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – October Release and also in the SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit.  Here’s a quick summary of what’s new from a SQL Azure Perspective. New Lab: SQL Azure Data-tier Applications SQL Azure Database supports a variety…


Essential SQL Server for DevConnections Attendees

Tuesday 11/1/2011 is a big day for SQL Server 2012.  The SQL Server engineering team will be in the house at DevConnections in Las Vegas.  This post is for people who are attending SQL Server Connections and others who want to learn about SQL Server 2012 and connect with the team.  You can download the…


Looking for a killer SQL Server 2012 demo?

Well look no further!  I’m pleased to announce that the MySemanticSearch Sample is now available on CodePlex at: MySemanticSearch allows a user to upload Word documents into a SQL Server 2012 table, then visualize the semantic content of the documents in it using tag clouds that are automatically built by semantic search. The user…