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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Advisory Alert: SQL Injection Attacks

    Microsoft is aware of a recent escalation in a class of attacks targeting Web sites that use Microsoft ASP and ASP.NET technologies but do not follow best practices for secure Web application development. These SQL injection attacks do not exploit a specific software vulnerability, but instead target...
  • Blog Post: Another free MS Press Book!

    And this time it’s on the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and our own Greg Low wrote a chapter in the book. So if your looking for some good introductory information on our new database platform this book is a good place to start.  And of course it’s free!  So click the book to go and subscribe to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Podcast: Show 23

    Hi Folks, SQL Down Under show 23 (audio podcast) with guest SQL Server MVP James Luetkehoelter discussing disaster recovery, clustering, log shipping, database mirroring and snapshots is now available for download from http://www.sqldownunder.com . Technorati Tags: Podcasts , SQL Cheers, Jeffa
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Does IT: New SQL Consolidation Content Available!

    We have some great new content available that discusses how we consolidated our SQL Server instances to save on costs and improve environmental sustainability.  Check out the content below. SQL Server Consolidation at Microsoft With more than 4,700 Microsoft® SQL Server® instances in operation,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Down Under - Show 14

    Hi Folks, SQL Down Under show 14 with guest Adam Cogan (MSDN Regional Director) is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . In this show, Adam discusses his "rules" for better SQL Server Reporting Services. Enjoy! Cheers, Jeff
  • Blog Post: SQL DownUnder Show 21

    Hi folks, SQL Down Under show 21 with guest SQL industry legend Joe Celko discussing SQL coding and multiprocessing futures is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . Cheers, Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release: July 2008

      Please see details of this months Security Bulletin Release. Bulletin Number Maximum Severity Affected Products Impact MS08-037 Important Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008. Spoofing MS08-038 Important Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Remote Code Execution...
  • Blog Post: SQL Podcast Downunder: Show 12 Available Now!

    Hi Folks, I'm pleased to announce that SQL Down Under show 12 featuring guest SQL Server MVP Louis Davidson discussing his top ten database design issues is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: SQL DownUnder Podcasts available..

    Normally I post these as my good friend Greg sends them to me but I've been a bit behind the last few weeks. So check out shows 26-31 on www.sqldownunder.com . Technorati Tags: SQL Server , Podcasts Cheers, Jeffa
  • Blog Post: SQL Downunder Show 13 - Now Available

    Hi all, SQL Down Under podcast 13 with guest SQL Server MVP Bill Graziano is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . Enjoy! Cheers, Jeff
  • Blog Post: Heroes Needed..

    Hi folks, With the launch of Windows Server 2008 , Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 early next year we are looking for people that are using these technologies in positive ways. It can be anything really but mostly cool ways you are taking advantage of the new technologies in our Wave 08 products...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin: February 2009 Updates

    We have released the 4 security updates for February 2009.  A Summary of these bulletins is below with links to further technical details in each bulletin ID link.  We are also releasing Security Advisory (960715) – Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits.  A summary of that is further down...
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Show 25

    Hey Everyone, SQL Down Under show 25 with guest Matthew Roche is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . In the show, Matthew provides tips and tricks for SQL Server Integration Services. Technorati Tags: Podcasts , SQL Server Cheers, Jeffa
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Show 16

    Hi Folks, SQL Down Under show 16 with guest SQL Server MVP Paul Nielsen is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . In this episode, Paul discusses object relational vs relational databases and his upcoming Nordic framework. Cheers, Jeff
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Show 19

    Hi Folks, SQL Down Under show 19 with guest Solid Quality Learning mentor Peter Myers is available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . In this show, Peter provides an intro to Analysis Services for developers and DBA's. Cheers, Jeffa
  • Blog Post: Thumbing your way to Vegas dirty...

    Well how's that for a title?! The title is a bit cryptic in that it's a line from a new INXS song called Pretty Vegas but its not the subject of this post. The post is about The Code Room: Breaking into Vegas So What is "The Code Room" exactly and why is an IT Pro blogging about it. The Code Room...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: August 2009 Edition Online Now!

    The August 2009 Edition of TechNet Magazine is now online.  Check out some of the highlights below.   The theme this month is “connecting the dots” using Microsoft BI solutions.  Plus as always there is lots of other good information in there. Business Intelligence:   Planning your...
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Code Camp

    For those of you that attended SQL Down Under Code Camp last year; the event is on again this year from October 13-14 2007 at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Many great local speakers have already indicated they are speaking at the event but we still need more speakers. If you want to speak...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase: New Content Available!

    We have some great new content available from our IT Showcase team outlining how we deploy Virtual Machines using Hyper-V and how designed the corporate extranet to collaborate with partners without compromising security.  Check out the content below! Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine: August 2008 Edition

    The August edition of TechNet Magazine is now online.  Here are some highlights. SQL Server:  Top Tips for Effective Database Maintenance Windows Administration:  Taking Your’s Server’s Pulse System Center:  Windows PowerShell in System Center Operations Manager Internet Information...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Article: Securing the Microsoft Desktop Environment

    Keeping our desktops and laptops secure is something that is important to all customers.  And at Microsoft we are no different in that we have to keep a large fleet of machines up to date with the latest security patches and software.  Check out the details about how we go about this below...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Content: Physical Security

    How Microsoft IT Manages Physical Security through Strategic IT Convergence The purpose of World Wide Security Operations is to protect Microsoft's assets in a manner consistent with corporate culture. Through the strategic deployment of security systems, Corporate Security is improving the way that...
  • Blog Post: The MS IT Showcase Content keeps coming..

    The Microsoft IT Showcase team keeps publishing new content.  The below articles are very interesting. Microsoft IT Plans for Hybrid Deployment of Microsoft Office 365 A hybrid messaging deployment offers the possibility to have some mailboxes located on-premises while others reside in the cloud...
  • Blog Post: New IT Showcase Case Study on SQL Server 2005

    I found this new IT Showcase whitepaper on how the EDD team uses SQL Server 2005 Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft Uses SQL Server 2005 for Making Key Decisions  Form Factor:  Case Study and PowerPoint Presentation Published: 6/20/06 Overview on how the U.S Sales and Marketing...
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Show 15

    SQL Down Under show 15 with guest SQL Server MVP and MSDN Regional Director Kimberly Tripp is now available for download from www.sqldownunder.com . In this show, Kim discusses two of her passions: SQL Server indexing and scuba diving. Enjoy! Cheers, Jeff