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  • Blog Post: Are you ready to launch...

    Well, we're into the final few days before the first event on the SQL/Visual Studio Launch tour. Mark Relph has been busy blogging and has a couple of posts you should really read: Sneak Peak at the software (Yes we are giving away software) Blog about the tour and win prizes Wear your...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services - SQL Server Reporting Services Session

    Thanks to everyone that came out to today's SQL Server Reporting Services Technical Overview. It was great to see so many people in attendance. As promised, here are the links that I put up at the end of the presentation: This session's page on Technet: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt1-105 SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005

    If you are currently working with SQL Server 7 or SQL Server 2000, you may be asking yourself what you need to know in order to upgrade to SQL Server 2005 once it launches. The TechNet team has put together an audiocast that talks about upgrading to SQL Server 2005 These audiocasts are a great way...
  • Blog Post: Technet Monthly - SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview

    Thanks to all that attended the SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview session. Here are a couple of URL's that I mentioned during the session. SQL Server 2005 : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/ SQL Reporting Services : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting/ March 3rd Press Release : http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of Free Software

    For those of you that have asked questions about whether we will be handing out software at the Canadian launch events, Mark Relph has just written about this on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/mark_relph/archive/2005/10/28/486419.aspx Enjoy, Tags: [ Microsoft ] [ SQLServer ] [ Launch2005 ]...
  • Blog Post: Are you attending the launch? Are you blogging about it?

    Are you planning on attending the SQL/VS/BizTalk Launch ? Are you planning on blogging about it? If you are, you may want to add your blog to the TechNet Event Bloggers site ( http://techneteventsbloggers.net ). As I mentioned in a previous post , you may also want to consider tagging those posts. ...
  • Blog Post: Tag the Launch

    Are you blogging about the joint SQL Server / Visual Studio / BizTalk launch this November? If you are, you might want to consider tagging your blog posts to make it easy to search for anything "Launch 2005" related. Simply tag your posts with Launch2005 by adding the following somewhere in your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP4 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services SP2 are open for Public Beta Testing

    I have just noticed the following on the Microsoft website. If you have a passion for technology and want to make a difference for your company and for SQL Server users around the world, sign up to participate in a SQL Server beta testing program. The SQL Server development team uses the feedback from...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Readiness Labs

    Be one of the first technology professionals to take advantage of the SQL Server 2005 readiness labs! Organizations today are facing several unique data challenges: the proliferation of data and systems across their enterprise; the need to provide employees, customers, and partners with consistent access...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2005 - Business Intelligence Podcast

    Here is the first of the Launch 2005 audio recordings. This was recorded live on November 8th as part of the Launch 2005 activities in Toronto. If you were not able to attend the Delivering Business Intelligence Session, download the mp3 version to hear what you missed. The session runs about an hour...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 Beta now available

    Ever wonder if the machines that you manage have the most up-to-date security updates and aren't mis-configured. MBSA is the free ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsahome.mspx ) , best practices vulnerability assessment tool for the Microsoft platform. It is a tool designed for the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 Released

    Improve the performance, serviceability, and enhance the security of your SQL Server 2000 installations with SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4. · SP4 adds platform support for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition allowing 32-bit SQL Server applications to run on 64-bit hardware when using Windows on Windows...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - Coming to a city near you

    The Technet and MSDN teams have teamed up for this tour to bring you a day full of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 presentations and demos. We will be kicking off the tour in Ottawa on June 2nd and will be heading out to 4 other cities after that. The day is going to split into two halves....
  • Blog Post: Can you hack IIS 6?

    I have just finished touring western Canada talking about Windows, Linux, and Open Source Software. One of the common questions that I get asked is "how secure are Microsoft products?" Well, the folks over at Windows IT Pro magazine have setup the Hack IIS 6 challenge ( http://www.hackiis6.com/ ). ...
  • Blog Post: Rock the Launch

    Let the fun begin. As Mark posted earlier today , the Launch activities are underway. I have posted a few behind the scenes and setup photos to the flickr group ( rss ), and hope to post more as the day unfolds. Remember, get spotted wearing old launch gear, and you could win a prize. ...
  • Blog Post: Have you got your SQL Server 2005 CTP yet?

    Here's your chance to save yourself a few dollars and get a copy of the June CTP of SQL Server 2005. If you haven't yet had a chance to look at SQL Server 2005, we are rapidly approaching the launch of this great new version on SQL Server. While supplies last, Canadian residents can save themselves...
  • Blog Post: Want to Migrate from Oracle to SQL Server?

    The beta version of the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle has just been made available. If you are interested in migrating your Oracle database to SQL Server 2005 take a look at: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/migration/ Here are the instructions from that page: Register to Participate...
  • Blog Post: On Tour with SQL Server 2005

    It's about 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting in my hotel room in Vancouver overlooking a very foggy harbour. We've completed four of the ten cities on this cross Canada tour. So far, we have been to Toronto , Ottawa , Edmonton , and Victoria . This week we are in Vancouver and then Calgary...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Launch Tour 2005 Blog

    The Canadian Launch Team here at Microsoft has put together a blog where we can publish all thing related to the upcoming SQL Server 2005 / Visual Studio 2005 / BizTalk Server 2006 Launch. Take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian_launch_tour_2005/ . Over the next few weeks as we get closer to...
  • Blog Post: On Database Performance...

    I have just finished reading a great blog post over on Tom Kyte's blog ( http://tkyte.blogspot.com/2005/09/most-incredible-statement-i-heard-this.html ) regarding database performance and the attitude to what the database should be able to deal with. For those of you who don't know, Tom is one of the...
  • Blog Post: What does the new SQL Server release mean to ISV's?

    My Colleague Ryan Storgaard has just started a series of posts on his blog that focus on the benefits of SQL Server for an ISV. http://blogs.msdn.com/stoey/archive/2005/10/14/481345.aspx I think that Ryan hits on one of the key messages when he talks about all of the great functionality that is included...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2005 - Managing and Monitoring SQL Server 2005 Podcast

    Here is the second of the Launch 2005 audio recordings. This was recorded live on November 17th as part of the Launch 2005 activities in Victoria. If you were not able to attend the Managing and Monitoring SQL Server 2005 Session, download the mp3 version to hear what you missed. The session runs...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Get Connected Series - Come talk to me in person

    The physics of business is changing, demanding that organizations like yours become more agile and flexible to stay ahead. We believe that a comprehensive connected systems strategy can help your organization to reach this goal. You're invited to hear how to: Achieve interoperability in a multiplatform...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 x64 on Server 2003 x64

    Hot on the heels of the TechNet Spring Tour where we talked about both IT Pro and Developer topics, I will be giving a presentation and demo for the Toronto SQL Server User Group. We'll spend an hour or so talking about the x64 (Intel and AMD 64-bit) architecture in relation to both SQL Server 2005 and...
  • Blog Post: Managing and Administering SQL Server 2005

    Here is the second in a series of TechNet podcasts focusing on SQL Server 2005. In this podcast, the TechNet team talks about Managing and Administering SQL Server 2005. This session runs about 45 minutes and is available both mp3 and wma formats. I've also added my feed to Odeo: My Odeo Channel...