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  • Blog Post: My SQL Saturday Presentation on the HP Database Consolidation Appliance (DBCA)

    Thank you to those who attended my SQL Saturday presentation last Saturday at Epping Boys High School. It was a very well organised event by Grant Paisley pictured below, enjoying the many boxes of pizza made available during the lunch break for attendees. There are still more SQL Saturday events to...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server 2012 now available

    The new Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server 2012 from our partner Scalability Experts is now available to download and use. It is a free web-downloadable tool.  It performs application compatibility testing and detects potential functional and performance issues that may impact a database upgrade from...
  • Blog Post: PASS SQLSaturday’s hit Australia

    PASS SQLSaturday’s are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. Whether you're attending a SQLSaturday or thinking about hosting your own, we...
  • Blog Post: Big Picture Review & some common questions about SQL Server 2012 Power View answered

      It has been a while since I have blogged and this has been due to my recent involvement with the Big Picture event that took place in Melbourne and Sydney. I was busy with the technical setup and developing a demo scenario for the Insights 24/7 area – a name inspired by the famous TV show “24...
  • Blog Post: Step by Step: Setting up Linux ODBC driver for SQL Server

    After setting up Redhat Linux 6.3 in Hyper V image follow the instructions outlined on TechNet - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh568449.aspx to install the Driver Manager.                                  ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is launching today, with evaluations available and general availability starting April 1.

    Exciting news! SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. You can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1 ( Note: This site is still getting updated, so try again tomorrow for the link to the Evaluation Edition) . We also announced today...
  • Blog Post: Technical Case Study: Klout implementation of Analysis Services over Hive (Big Data)

    Klout ( www.klout.com ) measures influence across the social web by analyzing social network user data. Klout uses the impact of opinions, links, and recommendations to identify influential individuals. Every day Klout scans 15 social networks, scores hundreds of millions of profiles, and processes over...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 has released

    Today marks the General Availability of Windows Server 2012. Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS, providing customers and partners with a modern platform for their applications.  It is the world’s first server that is “built from the cloud up”. Windows Server 2012 expands the definition...
  • Blog Post: Optimizing SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint for Private Cloud - Business Intelligence White Paper

    The managed self-service business intelligence (BI) capabilities of SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint Server 2010 make it easier than ever for business users to create and share rich, powerful BI solutions through familiar Microsoft Office applications, while allowing IT administrators to efficiently monitor...
  • Blog Post: Free Master Data Management Seminar in Sydney – 2nd August 2013

    According to Gartner, managing Master Data (MDM) is critical to achieving effective information governance.  Failure to do so can lead to customer attrition, increased support costs, lost revenue opportunity and eventual business contraction.  Microsoft and Profisee are changing the way companies...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 4 Released!

    SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 4 incorporates fixes to 41 issues. It is available to download form the following knowledge base article link - Public KB Article . In addition to the fixes the CU contains the following improvement: Power View Connectivity to Multidimensional Models Power...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Technical Bootcamps for Service Providers

      This is an invite-only, technical boot camp for Hosting Service Providers that offers 300 level training of SQL Server 2012. This two day training with labs shows how Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can be used by Hosting Service Providers to enhance their existing database service offerings and build...
  • Blog Post: Free Ebooks from MS Press

      In case you missed this announcement, I am including the link s below to free ebooks from Microsoft Press. Don't worry just because they are free they are not about out dated technologies, they are actually current versions such as Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc. Please leverage this...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 RC0 Available Now

    The SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is available now. It is the first release which is feature complete. The SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate delivers additional enhancements and capabilities built on the already robust CTP3: · Greater availability. Deliver the required 9s and data protection...
  • Blog Post: Detailed SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Technical Guide Now Available

    This document takes you through the essential technical details for planning and testing an upgrade of existing SQL Server 2005, 2008, and 2008 R2 instances to SQL Server 2012. You will be presented with best practices for preparation, planning, pre-upgrade tasks, and post-upgrade tasks. All the SQL...
  • Blog Post: What? You still think RAC is the answer for your high end database platform requirements even with SQL Server 2012 & SQL Azure now released! Time to think again

    If you really have a requirement for scaling out your database workload today then an option that is available to you is the public cloud with SQL Azure. This enables you to future proof your architecture and manage the scale without the complexity and overhead of managing the infrastructure. You can...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

      I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support & custom during 2011 and wish you a happy and safe festive season, and a prosperous 2012! Look forward to working with you to make your database and BI dreams blossom with the availability of SQL Server 2012 in the New Year...
  • Blog Post: I have had my head in the cloud lately…..

    With the launch of the Virtual Machine preview on Windows Azure along with Media Services and Websites I have been busy just setting up a few environments. It has been really easy to spin up new VMs very quickly – literally in few clicks once you have registered for the preview for Virtual Machine. What...
  • Blog Post: Briefing: Mission Critical Confidence in the Enterprise

      High availability, manageability, performance, scalability, security and compliance – a heavy  set of requirements for meeting the needs of a mission critical workload.  SQL Server 2012 is setting the new standard for these criteria —helping customers achieve the uptime and performance...