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  • Blog Post: Hosting the Performance Dashboard Reports in SSRS

    I blogged a while back about modifying the SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard reports to run on SQL Server 2008 . I’ve since been working with several customers who use these reports for performance troubleshooting, but who would like to host them on their Reporting Services platform so they...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide Released

    The SQL Server 2008 Technical Reference Guide has just been released, covering the essential steps and best practices to upgrade existing 2000 and 2005 instances to 2008. There is also a list of other upgrade resources available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc936623.aspx These guides...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RC1 Released

    Hyper-V Release Candidate 1 for Windows Server 2008 was released on the 20th May. This is a full functionality release and provides improvements to security, stability, performance, user experience, forward compatibility of configurations, and the programming model. Further details and downloads available...
  • Blog Post: Scottish Area SQL Server User Group

    I'm happy to announce that the next Scottish SQL Server User Group will be hosted at Microsoft Edinburgh on the evening of the 13th November. Full details of the agenda and how to register can be found on the UK SQL Server User Group site here: http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/144/Scottish-Area-SQL...
  • Blog Post: CU #3 for SQL Server 2008 Released

    On January 19, 2009 Microsoft shipped the Third Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2008 RTM. This CU represents 36 Resolved Issues and 30 Unique Customer Requests. More details and download details can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960484/en-us
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available

    The release of SQL Server 2008 has hit another milestone with the news that Release Candidate 0 (RC0) has been made available for public download this morning. This was initially released to Technet Plus and MSDN subscribers last Friday. It is expected that this will be the final release prior to SQL...
  • Blog Post: Caching SSRS Reports for Performance

    I’ve been fairly quiet on the blogging-front recently, but I have been busy working with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) ! I've also been fortunate enough to present a session to customers on SSRS scalability at a recent Business Intelligence Operations Day in Reading, UK. One thing that struck...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 - Performance Studio

    I've been looking at this new feature of SQL Server 2008 in order to demo it to customers, and I have to say it's pretty cool ! Along with Resource Governor and compression, it's one of my favourite new features and a good reason to consider an upgrade. Performance Studio builds on the concept of the...
  • Blog Post: Performance Dashboard Reports for SQL Server 2008

    During a recent visit to Seattle for a Microsoft conference, I learned from my colleague Michael Thomassy that it's possible to run the SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard reports on SQL Server 2008, with a slight modification. There is a great new feature in SQL Server 2008 called Performance Data...
  • Blog Post: Mirroring Multiple SQL Server Databases on a Single Instance

    This is a question I get asked a lot by customers (last week being the latest) and the answer really depends on which platform you are running on. There is a support policy in Books Online that states that we only support a maximum of 10 mirrored databases per instance on 32-bit systems , however in...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting SQL Server 2008 Performance Problems

    A new whitepaper covering the topic of performance troubleshooting in SQL Server 2008 has now been released. You can download the paper from the following link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd672789.aspx
  • Blog Post: Enabling Kerberos Authentication for Reporting Services

    Recently, I’ve helped several customers with Kerberos authentication problems with Reporting Services and Analysis Services, so I’ve decided to write this blog post and pull together some useful resources in one place (there are 2 whitepapers in particular that I found invaluable configuring...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Multi-Site Clustering with Windows Server 2008

    I was working recently with a customer who was looking to deploy a SQL Server 2005 cluster across 2 geographically dispersed sites using Windows Server 2008. They were looking to utilise the new clustering improvements in Windows Server 2008 to build a highly available SQL Server solution. The customer...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Cumulative Update #2 Released

    Cumulative Update package 2 has now been released for SQL Server 2008. See the following KB article for full details: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958186/en-us