New Utilities for SQL Server Released

The Microsoft SQL Server support team uses several internally-written utilities to make it easier to work on a typical customer support case. These utilities may also be useful to database developers and system administrators who work with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005. To learn more about these utilities, see the blog entry…


Try the puzzle!

our old friend and comrade Buck Woody has come up with a fun and challenging puzzle. Great way to spend some time on a Friday and test your knowledge. Check out his puzzle on his blog at Have a great weekend everybody! Tai YeeSQL Server User Education


Use the correct "Data Sources (ODBC)" service

On an 64-bit operating system (Itanium or x64), Windows installs two versions of the “Data Sources (ODBC)” service: a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version.  A 32-bit native (non-CLR) data application that will run under WOW64 needs to use a data source that was created with the 32-bit “Data Sources (ODBC)” service. If you will build…


SQL Server 2005 Books Online — latest release now available for download

Well, it’s been a long time coming. We finally got the technical issues resolved and have completed testing on the SQL Server 2005 Books Online release that we published to the MSDN and TechNet Libraries in September. The downloadable version is now available on the Microsoft Download Center at: Next steps for us are…


November CTP of SQL Server 2008 does not install SQL Server Native Client SDK files by default

To develop data access applications with SQL Server Native Client, you have to manually run sqlncli.msi to install sqlncli.h and sqlncli.lib.  sqlncli.msi is on your installation media. This installation bug in the November SQL Server CTP is schedule to be fixed in the next CTP.  David SchwartzSQL Server User Education