Project Gemini aka PowerPivot for Excel

Yesterday the official name for Project Gemini was announced during the keynote of the SharePoint Conference, as of now Project Gemini will be known as PowerPivot (for Excel).Personally I feel this name is very well chosen since it really expresses what Gemini is about, in the end it is a PivotTable (or Chart) on steroids. …


SQL Server Day 2009

The Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing the second SQL Server Day on the 3rd of December.  Last year about 200 people gathered for this event and of course we hope to have even more this year!Please visit for more information and registration (coming soon). There will be in-depth sessions on SQL Server 2008 as well as…


SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP2 Available for download

We are very pleased to announce the first public CTP (Community Technology Preview) of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers.  Availability for non-subscribers is planned for August 12th. This is the first public CTP so it is not feature complete but it sure has enough exciting content for you to explore.Some of the…


Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008 SP1

The third cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 SP1 is now available @ will take you to build 10.00.2723. People using the auditing function will probably be interested in the following fix


Data Compression and Heaps

I think we can all agree that Data Compression is a great new functionality in SQL Server 2008.  I know many of you have been experimenting with it but there was one little catch I wanted you to be aware of.When you apply page compression to a table the pages get compressed when they are…


Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2008 SP1

The second cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 SP1 is now available @ will take you to build 10.00.2714. And do not forget the “Lock Pages In Memory” change (here)!


SQL Server Kilimanjaro becomes SQL Server 2008 R2

Today at Tech Ed North America 2009 we have officially announced the new name for SQL Server code-named Kilimanjaro.The official name will be: SQL Server 2008 R2! More information can be found @ and the “official” announcement can be found @ Also read the official press announcement @”Finally, Microsoft announced that a Community…


Next UG event: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition – The Azure Services Platform and SQL Services – Jun 4th, 2009

The Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing another great technical evening.I am looking forward meeting you there.From their website:This evening will be split into 2 sessions as follows: Session 1: Overview of Visual StudioTeam System 2008 Database EditionBrought by Gill Cleeren , Microsoft Regional Director and MVP ASP.NETMicrosoft’s Visual Studio for database professionals was originally…


Lock Pages In Memory in SQL Server Standard Edition

Until now “Lock Pages In Memory” was an option only available to SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers.  Very simply put it prevents SQL Server from paging out the memory it has allocated (a deep explanation can be found in the references below).  We got a lot of feedback from customers who wanted to have support for this in…


Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008 SP1

Wow, the guys in the SQL Server team are working really hard.The first CU for SQL Server 2008 SP1 has already been released and will take you to build 10.00.2710. More information here.