Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: The Glass is 10% Full

    Do you ever look to the past to see what the future holds? You should. I cut my computer teeth long before most people. My computer heritage goes back to my diapers. Dear Dad was a career IBMer and I was playing with IBM Selectric typewriters and dictaphones long before most people had ever seen Lotus...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Azure webcast - now available for viewing

    In Q1 we did a number of events in the Central Region of the US on the topic of Azure.  Budgets being what they are these days, we can’t go everywhere but fear not, we recorded the sessions from the Nashville, TN event.  Here are the links to those recordings.  You can watch the streaming...
  • Blog Post: Do IT Virtually Anywhere

    Using the power of virtual machines, you can now quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHD). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations....
  • Blog Post: Exploits - SQL Injection Attacks

    SQL injection is a technique used by attackers to damage or steal data residing in databases that use SQL syntax to control information storage and retrieval. SQL injection usually involves using a mechanism such as a text field in a web form to directly pass malicious SQL to a program or script that...
  • Blog Post: Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

    The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into...
  • Blog Post: Register for the SQL Server 2008 Roadshow – act now!

    Come and learn more about SQL Server 2008 and the new enhanced capabilities of the product.  We will be exploring security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence with SQL Server 2008.  Don’t miss this half-day event that will give you...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference now available

    A successful upgrade to SQL Server 2008 should be smooth and trouble-free. To achieve that smooth transition, you must devote plan sufficiently for the upgrade, and match the complexity of your database application. Otherwise, you risk costly and stressful errors and upgrade problems. Like all IT projects...
  • Blog Post: Get your Daylight Savings Time (DST) answers real time

    Join members of the daylight saving time team who will be online to chat with you about your specific questions February 24 - March 13: 06:00 A.M. – 06:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Join the chatroom at: http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/chatroom.aspx . I logged in a little while ago and it appears...
  • Blog Post: Did you miss the PDC this year? Here's another chance!

    Missed the PDC? Catch the content LIVE at the MSDN Developer Conference . Register Today! We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - I wish I had this when I was 15

    This week we announced a new program that I think is simply amazing.  Awesome in its own right.  I also like the program name, Dreamspark.  You've probably read all about this already, but just in case you have not, here's an excerpt from the press release: PALO ALTO, Calif. — Feb...
  • Blog Post: Seattle wind storm - webcasts canceled

    FYI, there was a rather serious storm last night in the Pacific Northwest area of the US. As a result, many people are without power and that is having an impact on a variety of services. As I understand it, we won't be delivering the 10 webcasts that were scheduled for today. A lack of power has impacted...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server® 2012 Express Release Candidate - now available for download

    The Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 RC0 Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich set of features, data protection, and performance for embedded applications, lightweight Web Sites , applications, and local data stores. Designed for easy deployment and rapid prototyping...
  • Blog Post: Got SQL 2005?

    Normally I don’t repost stuff that is available from microsoft.com, but this is just too juicy to resist. For months now it’s been fairly difficult to get your hands on the new version of SQL Server. Usually Beta code is pretty easy to get. Sure, you could download SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Express Edition...
  • Blog Post: Can your data center handle a hurricane? Ours can

    Usually we discuss hurricane or typhoon force winds in the warm tropical climates of the world. Well, unless you haven't been paying attention, Seattle and surrounding areas got hammered about 24 hours ago and a lot of essential services are still being affected. People got killed and the area will take...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RTM's !!!

    Transparent Data Encryption - Enable encryption of an entire database, data files, or log files, without the need for application changes. Benefits of this include: Search encrypted data using both range and fuzzy searches, search secure data from unauthorized users, and data encryption without any required...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: Where to find the SQL Server 2005 Books Online?

    You would think that http://www.microsoft.com/technet would have the SQL Server 2005 books, right? GONG!!! Nope. So where do you get the goods? Well, this gets you into the age old debate about the audience for the product. Is the audience IT Pro, DBA, Developer or all of the above? That answer is pretty...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Trip Wires

    A number of changes and improvements have been made to SQL Server 2005. Did I really need to state that? One of the big improvements is in the management and security area. The SQL Management Object (SMO) infrastructure replaces much of what used to be accomplished using SQL-DMO. SMO is tightly integrated...
  • Blog Post: Time is running out – Register your US launch kit SQL Server 2008 today !!!

      You have about one week left to find your launch kit and the voucher in it, to register for your copy of SQL Server 2008.  The card says the deadline was 6/2/2008 but it’s was extended because we had a few events later than that in June.  I believe the new date is June 26, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show – Texas events this week

    Don’t forget we just started the Microsoft Interop Road Show and there are events in Dallas and Houston this week. The event in Dallas is actually at our office in Las Colinas, Texas (also known as Irving). Confused? Don’t be. See all of the information at http://www.technetevents.com/interop/index.htm...
  • Blog Post: Merry Cluster Christmas !!!

    Are you into big iron?  Well, if you are the heavy metal sort and get your jollies by building clustered server configurations, then we have new tools for your tool belt.  The latest tool you should be checking out is known as Hyper-V.  It's part of the latest shipment of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: IT Heroes: Stories from the Trenches

    Today the SST TechNet team launched the pilot of a new weekly blogcast interview program IT Heroes: Stories from the Trenches, the real stories of men and women in IT making a difference everyday. We talk with authors, innovators and implementers about emerging technologies, troubleshooting and remediation...
  • Blog Post: Fun With Themes

    I had lots of fun yesterday at my San Antonio SQL Server 2005 seminar. During the demos, while doing backups and other processing intensive tasks, I gave up some performance to run a few funny videos. You can see the videos at http://escapeyesterworld.com/ . They are a riot. Here’s a look at the desktop...
  • Blog Post: Watching the TechED 2006 action poolside

    Get your frozen margarita, dual core laptop and favorite rubber ducky and head to the pool. Might as well since this year you’ll be able to watch and listen to the festivities on the http://VirtualTechEd.com website. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the show, seminars and “social”...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Texas Technology Summits 2006 featuring Unified Communications and Collaboration

    Annually, the Microsoft South Central District hosts a multi-track event to show off our latest technology. This year, the events are happening on October 3rd in Dallas and October 12th in Houston! This promises to be a great way to get the latest information and direction on our upcoming technologies...