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  • Blog Post: MSDE nearing End of Life - No MSDE Support on Vista

    I know this is going to upset quite a few people and it will cause a bit of pain. Eric Has posted this on MSDN Blogs. As you may be aware MSDE is coming to the end of its support lifecycle. It will not be supported on windows Vista. As a replacement SQL Express has been released this is also free to...
  • Blog Post: 02 June 2006: SQL Server 2005- One-day Technical Overview.

    Keith Burns and I presented a one day technical overview looking at upgrading to SQL 2005 to an audience of 200+ at Cavendish Conference centre in London. Jim Gray presented the keynote speech and then left to go to another meeting and have lunch with some of the Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVP)...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Express Editions and Downloads

    I had a question from Martin at the roadshow in Birmingham. He had been given a copy of visual studio at an Microsoft Developer event. Now being a SQL DBA Martin was interested in evaluating SQL Express edition that came with it. Everything installed ok and he could see he had a database but he could...
  • Blog Post: Made in Express Contest community vote

    Some of you may be aware of the Made in Express Contest . This is a competition to write an Application using Visual Studio Express and SQL Server Express. It has been running for a while now and the finalists have been selected. I am really impressed at the applications that have been created. You...
  • Blog Post: Install Reporting Services side by side with an earlier version

    I was asked on Monday about issues concerning installing SQL 2000 for the Reporting Service database and using SQL 2005 services. There is a whitepaper covering multiple installations . You need to be careful as there are a few caveats to be aware of. The SQL Server 2000 version must be the default instance...
  • Blog Post: Resources - 'An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services' - Reading Event - 06 Sept

    These are some resources I found to be very useful for you after the Reading event There are two webcasts then a lot of links to various information. Do look at Brian Welcker's Weblog there is lots of useful information there. TechNet Webcast: Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (Level...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Starter Data Schemas

    I know this is a repeat of the post form Dan but as he is on MSDN and I am on TechNet blogs I think it goes to a slightly different audience. I was asked about schema design by Andy from BETT 2007 where we did technical support for the Microsoft stand Eileen blogged about it previously. Andy asked...