Melville Thomson's Blog

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Melville Thomson's Blog

  • SQL Technet Events in November (UK)

    We are starting to provide TechNet events around the Uk rather than just in London. so please give us feedback. Do check the details for the sessions as some of them may be during day rather than evening sessions. 07 November 2006, Edinburgh: Enhance...
  • Accessing Reports using URL Access in SQL Server 2005

    I was asked today for some resources and information on Report Services. First there is a way to access reports using URL Access; there is a white paper here. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/RSPROG/htm/rsp_prog_urlaccess_374y...
  • An Evening of Business Intelligence - Chris Webb and Friends

    Chris Webb has arranged in conjunction with Tony from UK SQL User Group . Another evening of BI fun. David Parker (MVP) will be speaking about using Visio to visualise your data. Sanjay Nayyar (IMGroup) will be talking about using Microsoft BI and Reporting...
  • BizTalk user group UK (BTUGUK)

    At the meeting last month there was a draw for completeing the session evaluations, Mark Russell was the winner of some BizTalk style swag. I just wanted to highlight some of the points Richard has raised. The next meeting will be in January more details...
  • Tony Rogerson MVP SQL Server

    Once again Tony Rogerson has had his MVP status reawarded that is the nine times in a row. Tony runs the SQL user group here in the UK. I have never met anyone who puts so much time into the community and still manages to run a business. Congratulations...
  • Microsoft SQL Server Support Blog

    Here is one that I missed that is an excelent resource the Microsoft SQL Server Support Blog there are some excelent posts on here. From best practices to SQL Tips and tricks and SQL Whitepapers just follow the tags on the top right of the page.
  • 2006 PASS Community Summit

    I thought I should share this with you. A great event for IT Pros and Developers in November in Seattle . November is a busy month and I can’t make this. Simon asked me a couple of weeks ago but it clashes with a previous commitment in Barcelona the same...
  • SharePoint 2007 and BI

    This has been a busy week! I attended a TechNet event in Reading last night 20-Sept-06 On SharePoint the presenter was Nick Swan an MVP who also looks after the SharePoint User Group UK . Eileen asked me to make sure everything was ok with Nick as this...
  • The first BIZTALK USER GROUP UK (BTUGUK) Event

    I had a great night last night I attended the first BTUGUK (BizTalk User Group UK) event . It was held at the Microsoft location in London. The session was hosted by Richard Blewett who I think did a great job presenting some of the new features in BizTalk...
  • Really good site on SQL Server Replication

    I have been asked several times for resources to support Replication with SQL Server 2005. I have just found this post by Tony . He found this site www.replicationanswers.com by Paul Ibison. So I thought I would share it with you all. Paul is also an...
  • Oracle on Windows a partnership?

    An interesting thing happened to me on the way to the office today. I turned of at the beginning of Thames Valley Park into the land of Oracle. I usually drive straight past to the last roundabout so it was quite strange. I was attending an event for...
  • 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...
  • Webcasts for week 11-15 September + On Demand Webcasts

    TechNet Webcast: Technical Benefits of SQL Server 2005 for Every Business (Level 200) Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032306505&Culture=en-US MSDN Webcast...
  • Access User Group - Info

    Hi Derek http://www.workerthread.com brought this to my attention. So I thought I would give it a mention it is the website of the UK Access User Group http://www.ukaug.co.uk/ . They do have some information on SQL Express on the site. I have been asked...
  • Announcing the new independant BizTalk User Group - 19 Sept 18:00 London

    I would love to share this with you there is a new independent BizTalk user group starting in the UK. This is independent from Microsoft although we are supporting the development by hosting it at our London location. The main user focus is architects...
  • Using parameters in Reporting Services

    I have been asked about parameters in reports and although I am presenting a TechNet session An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services on the 6 Sept here in Reading I thought it would be useful to show where some of the resources are for parameters...
  • Independant Oracle User Group survey and High Availability

    I came across a good post from Duncan Lamb he blogs about BI and other areas he mentions the '24/7 challenge: an IOUG 2006 survey on high availability trends'. I was quite interested as the chart he shows mentioned SQL Server. The report is quite interesting...
  • Configuring SQL Server 2005 Logins

    One question I have been asked is about SQL Server 2005 Logins . Logins are the Server principles which give user’s access to SQL Server. We can create Logins using the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) graphically or use the CREATE LOGIN statement...
  • Girly Geek Question Maintenance clean up task

    I attended the Girly Geek Dinner last night in London this was really well attended all our team were there. I really enjoyed it; I would like to thank all those I had a chance to speak with for making me welcome. Hopefully I will attend the next one...
  • Useful blog Canadian IT Pro Blogs

    Here is a great blog I met up with Damir at Techready3 in Seattle in July. The Canadian IT Pros have a shared blog. If you check out the links on the left there is some SQL content I like the post by a student who used a SQL Server 2005 to collect IDS...
  • SQL Server 2005 Encryption

    Steve asked me about encryption in SQL Server 2005. I have found a few areas of information that are useful. In BOL there is an article about the Encryption Hierarchy this explains quite a lot about how it is organised. I quite like it because it has...
  • Industry Insiders what would you like to share?

    I would like to share this with you, as well as having our own blogs we have access to an industry insiders blog. This inables you to share information that you are passionate about that you think my benifit the community. The blog gets about 96,000 hits...
  • Beer and Diapers Myth..

    I just wanted to bring this to your attention mainly because I wanted to congratulate Chris on his new daughter born three weeks ago. I know a little of how he feels as I am a Grandad of five months to a lovely boy called Calum. When I presented the a...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005: An Introduction - Event

    Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005: An Introduction 27 September 2006 18:30 - 27 September 2006 21:00 GMT, London Welcome Time: 18:00 Language: English Microsoft Ltd Chicago 1&2 Building 3 Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park...