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  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2006 05

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: May 2006 TechNet webcasts are designed specifically for the IT Professional, offering in-depth information on how to plan, deploy, and manage Microsoft products and technologies, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows Server, Microsoft Internet...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 023

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 023 “What’s gonna happen to my DTS packages, now that SQL Server 2005 has this new SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services)?” Well.. you’ve got several options. The SQL Server 2005 Books Online has hefty document all about it in the “ Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 ...
  • Blog Post: "Rock Solid" SQL Server 2005 Resources

    Here is the electronic form of the document that I’m handing out at our TechNet Events in August-October. Hope you find these links useful! Word Document: Kevin's Rock Solid SQL Resources
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 010

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 010 Number Ten! Credit for this one goes to my friend and teammate Matt Hester ... Q: How does SQL 2005 handle online databases during the upgrade, what about the applications that are in use? A: This questions was very interesting to me so I did some checking...
  • Blog Post: Part II: The Quest Continues…

    Some might remember that I blogged about this, or perhaps played this game over a year ago: Server Quest Well, the saga continues. Server Quest II is launched and ready for play. Those of us who spent too many hours playing cheesy pixilated adventure games ** about 15-20 years ago will appreciate...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Documentation and Samples: September CTP is now available!

    Fresh out of the oven
  • Blog Post: Notes from the TechNet Briefing in Peoria, IL

    Hi Peoria! Nice to meet you! Here are the questions (with answers) I jotted down at our TechNet Briefing in Peoria, IL. Also, for your convenience, here is the link to my blog post containing the link to that resource document I handed out. — Q: If I have an application exception defined...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 015

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 015 Fifteen. It’s a one, followed by a 5. 15. Credit for this one goes to my friend and teammate Matt Hester ... Q: Can you rename the SQL 2005 SA account? A: Yes, as a matter of fact, you can! With the new security model there are some great ways to really secure...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 001

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 001 Hello all you DBAs! Yes, this is the first of what promises to be over 100 tidbits of information on the new version of SQL Server (formerly codename: Yukon) coming out the first week of November, 2005. Some of these tidbits (like today’s) will point to cool resources...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 033

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 033 The following question was asked at a Recent “Best of SQL Server 2005 Launch” TechNet Event in Kansas City (Overland Park Kansas, actually. Had a lovely time there, thank you! …and although it was a bit of a dive, the Karaoke at the Red Balloon was a lot of fun!) ...
  • Blog Post: Notes from the TechNet Briefing in Anchorage, AK

    Anchorage! I’m way over-due posting this… Check it out! Sorry for the delay. I enjoyed a couple of days in your lovely state, taking a tour out of Seward, seeing lots of glaciers and amazing wildlife. I know it’s all just the usual terrain there to you.. but to a Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Are you a developer? Really?

    Then you're reading the wrong blog! …Or more correctly... you should ALSO be reading these other folk’s blogs! Allow me to introduce to you some great blogs for developers. These developers are members of our MSDN Events team: Mike Benkovich Rory Blyth Ron Cundiff Jacob...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 008

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 008 Tidbit #8 This tidbit comes as a result of a question an attendee from one one of our live TechNet Events emailed me." — “Database mirroring, or parts of it, is available in Standard Edition of Yukon. What's the difference between what you get with Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Community Chats are back!

    This Wednesday (March 16) at I’ll be hosting the first of what I hope will be many (several already scheduled… more to follow) of what we call “ IT Manager Community Chats with Kevin Remde ”.  Our first one is going to be with Microsoft’s Tharun Tharian, a Sr. Product Manager for SQL Azure. ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019 BIG NEWS! I promised there would be some news on SQL Server 2005, and it happened today. Paul Flessner announced today some good news, and some GREAT news. The good news: Database Mirroring will not be included in the release coming November 7. “Huh...
  • Blog Post: WinFS: Living? Dead? Living-Dead?

    WinFS: What’s up? Readers who follow Microsoft news and blogs already have probably seen the buzz in the blogosphere concerning the fate of WinFS; the “file system as (or in a) relational database”. Apparently rumors of it’s death are based on the fact that members of the product...
  • Blog Post: Rockford IL TechNet Briefing Questions (and Answers)

    Hi! Wow… I haven’t blogged in awhile. But yesterday at my TechNet Briefing in Rockford, IL I got some great questions and I thought I would share them (and the answers) with you: Q: I want to roll out SQL now, but if I get SQL 2000 installed – what happens when 2005 comes out? Will the upgrade...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037 This question was asked at our event TODAY in Des Moines, IA. “Can the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) aslo tune databses running on SQL 2000?” Short answer. YES! And in fact, something I didn’t mention at the event, but is also quite...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 004

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 004 Another one! Number four… This tidbit comes as a result of a question an attendee from one of our live TechNet Events emailed me. "We have a multiserver environment with one master server and twenty-four instances of SQL Server as target servers. Will multiserver...
  • Blog Post: New: IDC White Paper on Business-Critical Workloads Available

    Today a new IDC White Paper (sponsored by Microsoft ) was made available: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/B/D/5BD5C253-4259-428B-A3E4-1F9C3D803074/IDC_Business_Critical_Workloads.pdf The purpose of the write-up is to document what’s happening in the world of x86-based Servers; why they are THE...
  • Blog Post: Milwaukee Wisconsin TechNet Briefing Questions (and Answers)

    Hello again, my Milwaukee friends! Other than a noisy start, and an annoying fire drill interruption, I had a great time with you all! How did you like the event? I got a few helpful comments, but if you have more to say please feel free to email me or, even better, enter your comments here in feedback...
  • Blog Post: American SQL Server 2005 Chopper Videos!

    These are GREAT! The SQL Server Chopper contest is over. And today (Nov 7, 2005) they’re going to announce the winners at the SQL Server 2005 Launch event in San Francisco. Paul Sr. and Mikey (for President!) are even going to be there at the Launch party that evening. And at the launch, as well...
  • Blog Post: Yes, you can build your own SQL Server in the cloud – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 22 of 31)

    Why not?  We’ve shown you how easy it is to create your own servers in Windows Azure , and there’s no reason one of those machines couldn’t be running Microsoft SQL Server 2012.  In fact, we’ll even provide an evaluation image that you can start with. In today’s Part 22 of “ 31 Days of Servers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure - the SQL! ("Cloudy April" - Part 7)

    What if you could run SQL Server , and get all the power of the best data management platform, but hosted for you in “the cloud”? “You mean like at a hosting provider?” Something like that.  Well… something and NOTHING like that.  Something like that because yes, you don’t have to buy/house...
  • Blog Post: Transparency: What guides Microsoft to improve server products and reduce your TCO?

    Here’s another TLA for you all to learn: CEC . Microsoft’s Common Engineering Criteria . The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria is a set of engineering requirements and guidelines that govern all of Microsoft’s server products. The idea here is that we build products that work well together, and...