Bing: there it is! My PPS setup problem(s) solved.

Obligatory bing plug. The name is growing on me… Link #1 in the search results was Nick Barclay’s great post on sorting out PPS setup issues with SQL Server 2008: "System.Web.Extensions" performancepoint "configuration error" – Bing Useful reference linkages: Installing and Troubleshooting M&A on Win / SQL 2008 Install PerformancePoint Monitoring Server with SQL Server…

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Whoops. Got to uninstall all the .NET 4.x bits or Server Manager breaks…

Fiddling around with TFS 2010 (x64) got me into a little trouble: "MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly. CLSID: FX:{18ea3f92-d6aa-41d9-a205-2023400c8fbb}" Doh. Fortunately, there were just two more .NET 4.x Beta 1 items in PAF (on 2008, formerly known as ARP on 2003) that I overlooked for a…

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I was right: I was wrong. 15% was too much.

One of the shiny new features added to Management Studio for 2008 allows you to plot spatial data for any table that has geography or geometry data in the new spatial types. This comes in pretty handy for doing quick visual inspection of small spatial data sets… and it turns out that my early suspicion…

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SQL Server 2008 RC0 Samples are up!

I’m still recovering from three weeks OOF, but my teammates in Redmond and Beijing have done a great job getting the next preview of SQL Server 2008 samples ready for you. The main CodePlex portal for SQL Server Samples has links to all the individual projects. But if you want to just grab the whole…

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Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and…

In a striking change of direction, I’m happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs. Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification, that work is underway on ports of the Oracle sample…

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SQL Server gurus: Find bugs. Win an Xbox 360?

If you don’t think there are any bugs in SQL Server 2008 CTP6 -or- if you wouldn’t know what to do with a shiny new Xbox 360, then this contest is not for you. For everyone else, there are enough categories and potential 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes that you’d have to simply not…

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Charging toward CTP6 on Longhorn…

This weekend was going to be the one to setup Windows Home Server, but I got distracted by Windows Server 2008 when I just happened to see the x86 bits hit MSDN… which reminded me that I should covert my development VPC images over to 2008. (I’ve been busy with Mass Effect. Sorry.) I like…

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How do I use Feature X in SQL Server?

Buck’s got a great point about how SQL Server’s development themes are managed from the top down: It isn’t a matter of thinking up single features or changes to the product, it’s a cohesive direction we all want to go. Carpe Datum : Why on earth are you working on that? Reading his blog always…

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Hi, Mom! (And everybody else.)

"So, what do you do?" It’s a common enough question, right? Usually immediately subsequent to "Where do you work?" People ask it to break the ice. They ask it because they’re interested. They ask it because they can’t believe somebody actually pays me to work @ Microsoft. Heh. Even my eight year-old son asks me…

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FILESTREAM, Windows Vista and you.

I won’t complain about yet-another-configuration-stored-procedure, since I hold out hope that managing FILESTREAM’s status at the server level will be rolled into sp_configure or DDL before RTM… but this is me not holding my breath. *sigh* Anyway, if you want to use FILESTREAM data on your SQL Server 2008 instance (hopefully with the November 2007…

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