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  • Blog Post: Buck Woody - Microsoft's "Real World DBA"

    Hello, I'm Buck Woody - Microsoft's "Real World DBA". I go by that title not because I'm a DBA here (we do have a lot of those, though) but because for over 25 years I've worked as a Data Professional. I've worked at organizations from NASA facilities to hospitals, and from legal offices to manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: A quick word about upgrading from a CTP or Beta, or RC to the latest RTM product...

    Just after a new release of SQL Server, I often get e-mails and calls from folks with this question: “Can I upgrade from Customer Technical Preview (CTP) x or Beta #x or Release Candidate (RC) to the “Released to Manufacturing” (RTM) version?” Unfortunately, no. Right up until the last minute, things...
  • Blog Post: Who is PowerPivot for?

    Ann All recently posted an interesting article at IT Business Edge: Microsoft’s Schizophrenic Approach to Business Intelligence . I’m not too insulted: I tend to agree with Janet Long that, “Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.” Ann’s argument is straightforward...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server Year in Review

    It's getting close to that time of year when you're going to start seeing lots of "the year in review" specials on television. I started in my new role working with our customers last December, so it seems only fitting that I take a moment and go over some of the highlights in the SQL Server community...
  • Blog Post: Leverage: An Introduction

    My father was an engineer and spent many weekends in the garage nursing his various old cars. Frankly, I was little help, but there was one job I loved: lifting the big old monsters onto the axle-stands with the hydraulic jack. At 10 years old, I felt like the young superman, raising a hefty Rover P5...
  • Blog Post: My Top Ten SQL Server Bloggers of 2009

    I think I may have set myself an all-but-impossible task: to choose ten bloggers who write about SQL Server, and who have been outstanding in the last year. Nearly impossible, not because I can't find ten, but because there are so many more worthy of recognition. In addition, many of those I will not...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Now Supports Data-tier Applications

    As announced a few weeks ago on the SQL Azure blog , SQL Azure now supports Data-tier Applications which are introduced with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. Here’s a quick tour of the feature. Here’s what I did: Launch Visual Studio 2010 and create a new Data-tier Application project Import...
  • Blog Post: Changing Database Platforms

    I’m not sure why but there seems to be a lot of chatter lately about changing DB platforms. Information Technology Intelligence Corp ( ITIC ) recently ran a survey about DB migrations. You can find the result here (search the page for “ ITIC Sunbelt 2010 SQL Server Survey Results ”). At the risk of sounding...
  • Blog Post: Bored by the HP / MSFT announcement? You Need to get out More

    I'm in Tucson today, and you know what? The weather is warm and dry. Are you surprised? I guess not - what else would you expect? Yet every time I come here from Seattle (and man, Seattle was dark and wet and cold when I left this time) I find the simple intensity of the Arizona weather catches me anew...
  • Blog Post: Active Thankfulness and SQL Server Professionals

    A few countries around the world have a day set aside for giving thanks - and some do it all year long. We stop to give thanks to those who have made us what we are, and those in the past and present who have given us the benefits that we enjoy. From teachers to family, we owe them a lot. I've noticed...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Makes the Cover of the Economist

    OK, sort of. I've been a fan of the Economist magazine since a friend of mine in Florida introduced me to it years ago. Imagine my shock when I check out the latest issue and find a story about - Big Data! This is the kind of thing we think about all the time in the SQL Server group here at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Does Consolidation = Virtualization?

    In early 2001 I worked @ a start-up company with about 150 people. I call it a start-up because it had no revenue but did have free breakfast, lunch and dinner. @ the company there were five people named Michelle and six named Dan (including yours truly). One day the VP of operations got confused about...
  • Blog Post: T-SQL Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

    For the last few days my inbox, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of advice about which words I should stop misspelling. To be fair, in English, I have relatively little problem, and any misspellings I do make may be sloppy, but rarely result in misunderstandings. On the other hand, there...
  • Blog Post: The "Dallas" information marketplace

    Today I'm here in Washington DC, demo-ing in Bob Muglia's keynote at our Worldwide Partner Conference. This time, I'm showing something quite new - not just a new product, but a new concept in data - Microsoft's premium information marketplace codenamed "Dallas." "Dallas" may be better known as a...
  • Blog Post: Going to TechEd - Are You?

    I hope you’re able to join me next week at TechEd 2010 U.S. In New Orleans, Louisiana. I love taking this time each year to learn in an environment where I’m “out of my element”. What I mean by that is I have not only SQL Server knowledge all around me, but also knowledge for...
  • Blog Post: Welcome from Lynn Langit: Who I Am and What I Do Around Here

    I wanted to first introduce myself to the community as an upcoming contributor for the BIEB (Because Its Everyone's Business) blog. My name is Lynn Langit and I have been a Developer Evanglist in Southern Califonia for about 3 years. Prior I ran my own .NET development company where I was lead architect...
  • Blog Post: Crossing Boundaries

    Were you in Las Vegas last week? If you attended the SharePoint conference in the Mandalay Bay resort, you probably thought you were. But Las Vegas is famously a city of facades, illusions and well-kept secrets. Caesars Palace isn't really Rome, nor the Venetian, Venice. My favourite illusion is...
  • Blog Post: Reviewing SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM

    This past week we released SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing. This is a huge accomplishment for the team and our customers are anxious to get their hands on it. I came across one blog post that expressed disappointment that the only thing they could download was the evaluation edition – they couldn...
  • Blog Post: Virtually Unstoppable

    A friend insists that we'll only know the recession is over when software vendors no longer start every whitepaper with the phrase "In these tough economic times ..." It may be as reliable an indicator as any. Meanwhile, in these tough economic times, I often read of factories suffering so badly...
  • Blog Post: Of Virtualization, Videos and VPs

    My mentors at Microsoft have always told me, how important it is to get quality 1:1 time with senior figures in the company; the idea being to get good insights to strategy and a better handle on the executives' various personalities and strengths. I don't think my mentors had in mind that I should...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Marches On

    I follow the Database Trends and Applications magazine because it is pretty platform independent, with a section for Oracle, SQL Server and DB/2. I found it interesting that when I turned there yesterday and today, among the top stories are "Cloud" - front and center. It's easy to see why. When we think...
  • Blog Post: Giving Back

    Most of us have some help we can provide back to the community. Even if you're new, you can write down some of the things you've learned. And there are several easy ways to to that - you can certainly jump in on the forums ( http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/sqlserver/ ) and answer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is in the Cloud - What does that mean for the Data Professional?

    There has been a lot of buzz lately about "the cloud" and what it means for IT, and the organizations they serve. I just finished watching Steve Ballmer deliver Microsoft's vision for the cloud , wondering if it would be different than the offerings of other firms. It feels like it is different....
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010 (US) Recap - New Orleans, LA

    Well, I've almost recovered from TechEd this year. I had a fantastic time - learning, teaching and most of all, interacting. I'm really glad that Microsoft stuck with New Orleans - they've had a tough go of it since Katrina, but the city didn't show a trace. It was clean, positive and vibrant. Lil' Buck...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 – A Love Story

    Some things just really work well together. Peanut butter and chocolate. Abbot and Costello. Coffee and...well...anything. You get the idea. But there are some real advantages in using SQL Server 2008 (and of course the upcoming SQL Server 2008 R2 release) with Windows Server 2008 and higher. It...