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Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten
You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually there’s a huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client, based on what Simon and I have used. So please feel free to...
22 May 2013
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center . , So extending this approach...
22 Mar 2013
Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center. , So extending this approach...
5 Jul 2012
Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1
If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes. Apart from the confusion over when to...
30 Apr 2012
System Center Advisor– now live
I remember hearing about a Project Houston about a year ago, a cunning plan to allow Microsoft to check the heath of your SQL Server databases and the operating system it sits on. It is now live and it’s called System Center Advisor . It works by using an internet gateway server you setup which in turn...
7 Mar 2012
Application Platform Knowledge Hub
Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look. When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are can be fragmented so you do have to remember where...
6 Feb 2012
Data Transformation Services is the bit of SQL Server that helped pay for my house, car and some really nice holidays. I first got to use it some 12 years ago and after working with BCP (bulk copy program) it was just so easy, I was sucking data out of AS400/RPG, Oracle and Sybase to create data...
26 Jan 2012
Some SQL Server 2012 upgrade advice for ISVs
I have spent a lot if time recently briefing Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) on SQL Server 2012,so I thought a consolidated post on the subject might be useful for those planning to develop solutions on top of SQL Server 2012. New Features that will just work By this I mean there are some new...
18 Jan 2012
NO SQL Server
I spent last Thursday at Black Marble’s Architect Forum and my slot was on SQL, NoSQL, some SQL. It went down very well but I used OneNote on my tablet not PowerPoint and like all modern art my drawing needs a bit of explaining.. Databases were originally used to store transactions which are highly...
10 Dec 2011
Query Across the Mersey
SQL Bits 9 , Adelphi Hotel Liverpool 29th September to 1 October 2011, what else do you need to know? Well possibly a few things if you are now reading the second line of this post or you haven’t been to them before.. It’s the biggest and best SQL event in Europe, I know this because we get people coming...
10 Aug 2011
Many of us would associate the the term critical with the Register, so when I was asked by Tim Phillips their broadcast and commercial editor to join a discussion titled “Going Critical” I was a little nervous. The title refers to some Register commissioned research by Andrew Buss at Freeform Dynamics...
13 Jul 2011
Reach for the Cloud - System Center 2012
For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff. Some of this is obvious there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, and there’s even a new product in the line up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused as you can see from...
7 Jul 2011
SQL Server developer training kit–to useful to be just for developers
One of the few niggles I have about working at Microsoft is the way we try and put you the reader into pigeon holes, and an area where this fails for me is when it comes to SQL Server. My developer friends won’t go near SQL Server unless they have to and this things like LINQ / Entity Framework...
24 Jun 2011
OLTP performance in Denali - Less is more
I get the occasional criticism about SQL Server that all then new stuff is related to BI, and there isn’t anything for the traditional or grumpy DBA (aka Colin Leversutch Roberts ). Listening to Tom Casey (corporate vice president within the Microsoft Business Platform Division)of at the SQL Social...
14 Jun 2011
The 7P’s of projects
Proper Preparation & Planning Prevents Pathetically Poor Performance I mention this because the process of working out how to make changes to your data centre can and should take longer than doing the actual work. For example if you are going to dive into virtualisation or do more with it,...
6 Jun 2011
Notes & Queries from TechDays 2011
I have been at TechDays Live all last week and although I did a bit of presenting, I was mainly there to listen and keep the week running smoothly. I scribbled down a few notes during the various sessions I was in which I thought might be of interest: Easyjet have an amazing set of stories around...
1 Jun 2011
Virtualising SQL Server - a second opinion
I caught a really good presentation from Chris Kranz( www.wafl.co.uk and @ckranz), Principal Solutions Architect responsible for Storage and Virtualisation projects at leading Systems Integrator, Kelway (UK) Ltd . at the Leeds VM user group last month. Chris first encountered virtualisation...
17 May 2011
SQL Server AlwaysOn in a virtual world
Despite what I posted yesterday about clustering, mirroring is the preferred option for many DBAs in a virtual world although you can of course combine the two. On the up side mirroring gives you one (and only one) copy of the database in another location which you can’t really use, and failover...
10 May 2011
SQL Azure Update
The annoying thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. The great thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. So if I write post about version x of SQL Server that has some value while that version...
2 May 2011
Help stamp out SQL Server neglect
eI am thinking of starting a new royal society the for the protection of cruelty to SQL Server as I am seeing my favourite database suffering a lot of abuse out there as part of the blind rush to virtualisation. A good example is, Gillian, a dba I met at SQL Bits who was nearly in tears because...
19 Apr 2011
Event Handling for the IT Professional
My diary is solid for the next few weeks as there seem to be a lot of events on. This is good for me as the best bit of my job is swapping ideas and stories with like minded individuals, not to mention the odd lively debate. I also get the impression that many of you enjoy this too and I often...
10 Apr 2011
Bye bye Atlanta, Hello System Center Advisor
One of the many announcements to come out of the recent Microsoft Management Summit was System Center Advisor . Essentially this is Operations Manager (SCOM) in the cloud, so a sort of InTune for servers. I had a look at the precursor to this, Project Atlanta back in January, but at the time it...
4 Apr 2011
Farewell old friend–time to say goodbye to SQL Server 2005
It always nice to see historic aircraft , and vintage cars out and about rather than stuck in museums, the noise and even the smell of castor oil add to this nostalgia. However keeping them going requires a lot of effort and keeping them current with modern rules means that a Fokker triplane will...
16 Mar 2011
SQL Server and dynamic memory with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1
Running SQL Server in a virtual machine is a good thing for many reasons however there are two basic rules: don’t over commit processors use fixed or pass through disks (i.e. not dynamic one) The guidance from the SQL CAT (SQL Server Customer Advisory Team) doesn’t extend to memory as up until now you...
28 Feb 2011
Getting Started with SharePoint and SQL Server Reporting Services – a guest post by Jess Meats
One of the capabilities of SQL Server is the ability to create and publish rich reports on your data. One of the capabilities of SharePoint Server is the ability to store, manage and provide a portal to documents. Those documents could be your reports. So you have one system letting you create reports...
8 Feb 2011
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