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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Management event in Manchester

    Unlike Manchester United, SQL Server 2008 is under new management. What I mean by this is that there are a load of new tools to configure, tune and audit which are essential to keep a modern database in the premiership.  While I have done a few events on this theme in the London area, the TechNet...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server for Data Mining

    SQL Server 2005/2008 has a number of data mining algorithms built in to discover hidden relationships in your data or to use a set of attributes to predict the value of other attributes: Microsoft Association Algorithm . Used to work out which items are most likely to appear together in a transaction...
  • Blog Post: Farewell old friend – how to say goodbye to SQL Server 2000 Rescheduled

    My TechNet Live Webcast on upgrading from SQL Server 2000, has now been rescheduled for 3 March from 4-5pm.  If you can catch it live you can ping me and the TechNet team with questions during the webcast, but it will be available off-line (together with the inevitable slide deck) if you have other...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Under New Management

    I am now hard at work on the events that will occur around the release SQL Server 2008. This time around I will be presenting: SQL Server Under New Management The ratio of DBA’s to the size of data being  managed is increasing all the time as is the burden of compliance regulation ,so what can be...
  • Blog Post: An Interesting VDI case, Holmes.

    Last June I didi a series of interviews with Alun Rodgers of Risual about the cool stuff in Windows Server 2008. In one of these.. Alun is telling me about how Terminal Services (now known as Remote Desktop Services, RDS, in Windows Server 2008 R2) could be used to provide a secure desktop for police...
  • Blog Post: Performance Point Server 2007 Performance

    If you call your flagship business intelligence product Performance Point then it might be a good idea to make sure it performs! Because the product is essentially a suite of front end applications (which is why it's under the office umbrella) it is only going to be as good as what's behind it. At the...
  • Blog Post: The North South Divide

    I was made in Scotland, my grandmother is from Newcastle and I only live in the south because my wife hates the cold! If I did live up north, I am sure I would be complaining, like many people there, that everything happens in London, such as the Olympics and the best shows including of course our TechNet...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Launch Road Shows

    The next round of road shows are going to focus on Windows Server 2008 and Vista sp1 so no SQL Server 2008 this time.  But no peace for the wicked like, many dba's, when not doing my day job I have to get my head around all of the other stuff that sits around the database, such as SharePoint, the...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Road Shows - So long and thanks for all the questions

    I am still on the road with our TechNet road shows and being the newish guy I get to open the show with Performance Point (9:45 -11:00)  and then conclude with SQL Server 2008(6:30 - 21:20). I was impressed that in Manchester about two thirds of the evening crowd had also been at the Performance...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to SQL Server 2008

    Back on 19th March I did a presentation on upgrading to SQL Server 2008, as part of the UK Launch event in Birmingham.  I have now got the feedback from this session and I thought it would be interesting to share some of it.  Microsoft’s privacy policy is far more stringent than any organisation...
  • Blog Post: Windows plays Wembley 6th October

    I am part of a small team preparing for the launch of Windows 7, its big brother Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 on 6th October at Wembley stadium.  I volunteered to be the producer as I am not presenting, and this essentially means that I’ll get the blame if you don’t have a great event...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Conference 19th June

    Normally at this time of the year the evangelists would be wandering the UK with the TechNet road shows.  However this year TechNet has gone virtual as it’s become very apparent that you are finding it even more difficult to justify a day out of the office not to mention getting approval for travel...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Conference, Thanks for watching

    Our first effort at running a TechNet type road show as a virtual event worked pretty well but this platform did have a few niggles which I hope didn’t ruin your day too much.  This was mainly around the moderated chat which we couldn’t get into ourselves for most of the day. However judging by...
  • Blog Post: Flying with Small Business and Essential Business Server

    Small Business Server (SBS) is like flying a single engined aircraft.  There’s a lot of stuff going on but you only have one box to worry about and backup and interoperability are all a lot easier because of this. Flying a twin engined aircraft is far more complicated than a single engined one;...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Starvation

    During our current round of TechNet road shows we are focusing on Windows Server 2008 and I open my session with a trailer from Maclaren. This shows how they use SQL Server 2008 and I did this because there will be a lot more SQL Server content on the next road show which should be around the time SQL...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Released

    I hope you are sitting down, and don’t have a coffee in your hand when you read this, but SQL Server 2008 released at 17:00 GMT today! This is good news for all the people who have asked me about release dates as they can now start to plan and deploy in earnest. It’s good for me as I can now start...
  • Blog Post: TechNet's on the Road Again

    Following the resounding success of Jame's and Steve's virtualisation road shows the IT Pro Evangelist's are now taking bookings for the next tour and the details are here . Viral and I are also on tour, which means we can expand our repertoire to wow you with Enterprise Search, Performance Point and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Unleashed

    Although the official UK launch of SQL Server 2008 merged in with the launches of Windows Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008 back in March, we wanted to celebrate the actual release as well.  So please join us in TVP on 10th September for SQL Server Unleashed . The day is aimed at the DBA and will...
  • Blog Post: Learning Bulgarian SQL

      I am presenting in Sofia for a few days at Microsoft Days 09 and I don’t speak any Bulgarian!  Fortunately Microsoft and English seem to go hand in hand, and I have been sitting in on sessions about Windows 2008 r2 and SQL Server when I am not presenting and I can understand most of the conversations...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Unleashed – Decks

    Quite a few people have asked me where the decks are for the SQL Server unleashed event and I now have an answer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/bb945096.aspx which I need to put on my blog so I can also remember myself! Also we have filmed this and I am hoping it will be on UGTV shortly as well...
  • Blog Post: Mini Computing

    The IT Pro team will be talking to over 2,000 of you over the next couple weeks as we embark on our sold out TechNet road show .  The bread van (as the rest of the team refer to my eccentric choice in transport) will be putting the mini into mini computing as we haul our server farm form city to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008, TechNet Road-show answers

    Following Tuesday’s TechNet event in Manchester, I promised to answer the questions in my blog that I couldn’t answer immediately, so without further ado… Does data collector work with all editions specifically express edition?   Data collection is where historical performance information is collected...