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  • Blog Post: Licensing Logic: Licensing SQL Server, Everything You Need to Know!

    Part of the Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team. Just when you think Microsoft licensing is straightforward and you’ve got a pretty good grasp on it, along comes SQL Server which has historically been the exception to the licensing rules. However with SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Can BigData be used to help your customers?

    By Anthony Saxby , Microsoft Data Platform lead in the UK. Many commentators on big data have highlighted potential concerns around the data privacy aspects, however as we work with customers at Microsoft we’re seeing many examples of how large organisations are using big data and analytics...
  • Blog Post: Free guide: SQL 2012 and System Center 2012 R2

    By Paul Keely , Microsoft MVP focusing on SQL and System Center. In this guide I've decided to be very much more focused on SQL and its interaction with System Center and indeed Server 2012. In the last guide I felt that a lot of people were already installing SQL for quite some time and there...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Event für Infrastructure as a Service: Dynamic Infrastructure Day

    Hallo @all, die nächste Roadshow steht in den Startlöchern . Mit dem Dynamic Infrastructure Day finden Sie heraus wo Ihre Einsatzszenarien in der Cloud sind. Erhöhen Sie Ihre Agilität und Flexibilität in IT-Systemen indem sie Dienste für immer oder nur temporär in...
  • Blog Post: Install SharePoint 2013 on AzureVM–How to

    Hallo, seit 21.1.2013 gibt es eine Guideline wie man SharePoint 2013 & SQL Server in Azure VM einrichtet. In der Beschreibung geht es um die Voraussetzungen und Regel was erlaubt ist und was nicht. Die 56 Seiten sind sehr interessant für SharePoint und SQL Geeks. Ich habe mir mal die Mühe...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 editions and dependencies

    You may have seen that there are going to be some changes to the way SQL Server 2012 is licensed and the editions available, if you haven’t then the detail is here . What I want to cover off in this post is what the various new features depend on ...read more
  • Blog Post: Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World

    I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those checkboxes etc. etc.  This is simply a reflection that there is so much in SQL Server aside form the database engine, however if you know what you want and you are doing this regularly then script it, if...
  • Blog Post: A database is only as good as the operating system it runs on

    Simon and the rest of my division regularly rag me about how I go on about databases all the time so when Sarah asked me for a post on virtualisation I decided to ignore her and talk about SQL Server instead! Databases are one of the last things to be virtualised especially the larger ones and this is...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Top Tips from QA - Creating business diagrams from within SQL Server without using Visio services or third party tools

    Mark ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald is the principle technologist for business intelligence, covering SQL, PerformancePoint and ProClarity at QA . He is a twenty-year veteran of the IT industry, with experience that ranges from mainframes, help desk and MIS systems. Mark has experience developing business...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
  • Blog Post: Contain your Enthusiasm

    You may be aware that I am still keen on SQL Server and despite the changing nature of my role at Microsoft I still try and keep my hand in with the latest version.  One thing I overlooked until I did SQL Relay was contained database security which is easy to use and can make your life a lot easier...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Data Services Firm Uses Microsoft BI and Hadoop to Boost Insight into Big Data

    Klout wanted to give consumers, brands, and partners faster, more detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data. It also wanted to boost efficiency. To do so, Klout deployed a business intelligence solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise and Apache Hadoop. As a result...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 and the private cloud

    Putting up a marketing slide that says SQL Server is a good private cloud citizen is good marketing, but what’s in the box to back the claim up? My top three would be: Windows Server core .  Patching is a major maintenance problem with lots of virtual ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: SQLSanta 2012

    On Friday 14 th December 2012, the SQLSanta team is proud to present a free one-day technical community event at the Microsoft Offices in Cardinal Place, Victoria, London. The day will consist of two concurrent tracks: a Business Intelligence Track, and a DBA/Dev Track. Business Intelligence sample session...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: EMI Exploits 'New World of Data' for Single View of Music Across 25 Countries

    Record company EMI Music wanted to integrate the large amount of information it uses—including massive consumer surveys, demographic, and partner data from companies such as iTunes—to gain a single global view for its artists. By deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Fast Track Data Warehouse technology...
  • Blog Post: A SQL Server DBA walks into a Parallel Universe

    By Michael Sullivan,  SQL Product Manager, Microsoft UK We all know some pretty bad SQL jokes (the language that is). Well I do anyway. Like, a DBA walks up to two tables in a bar and says 'may I join you'? Enough. But imagine that same DBA walking into a restaurant and finding no tables or chairs...
  • Blog Post: Create and Scale Business Solutions Fast, On Your Terms Across Server, Private or Public Cloud

    The next wave of SQL Server investments will offer organizations the agility to quickly create and scale solutions that solve challenges and fuel new business opportunity from server to private or public cloud linked together with common tools for optimized productivity and cutting-edge developer technologies—build...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Spruce up

    Landrovers, will take a lot of pounding and neglect, but when my wife drove hers to Australia she made very sure it was properly set up for 2 years on the road Similarly SQL Server is also often out in the wild far from DBA’s and inspection from maintenance tools, like System Center .  However now...
  • Blog Post: Flash Newsletter: 29th March 2012 - Get Windows Server 8 Beta, SQL Server 2012 RTM and Office 365

    The most recent TechNet flash had a whole raft of fresh information around were to download SQL Server 2012, how to get up to date with Windows Server “8” training via Microsoft Virtual Academy as well as the latest information on TechEd Europe . In fact there was so much juicy information packed into...
  • Blog Post: Server 4024 part 3 - Networking

    Databases are typically bound either by networking or IO and actually this can be two sides of the same coin if you are using remote storage.  So what’s new in Windows Server to improve networking both to improve access to shared storage and access to database workloads from another tier in a service...
  • Blog Post: Drinking the Champagne – SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 8

    Dogfood is the commonly described term for running your own beta software, however I prefer the term drinking your own champagne and to that end I have spent  a days leave today playing Window Server 8 .   Yes its very different to what you have seen before and rather like having the decorators...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing Tier 1 SQL Server

    A while back I published a couple of posts on virtualizing SQL Server, and in the light of developments in both the virtualization platform out there and SQL Server itself I feel the need to do a complete rewrite.  The traditional approach to implementing high availability (HA) in SQL Server has...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Common Criteria Certification

    By SQL Server Team UK In February 2013 Microsoft received the Common Criteria (CC) certificate for SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise Edition (English) x64 (Version 11.0.3000.0) at EAL4+ and compliant with U.S. Government Protection Profile for Database Management Systems, Version 1.3, 24 December 2010....
  • Blog Post: DTS RIP

    Data Transformation Services is the bit of SQL Server that helped pay for my house, car and some really nice holidays.  I first got to use it some 12 years ago and after working with BCP (bulk copy program) it was just so easy, I was sucking data ...read more
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This – Storage Spaces

    So far in this series I have used the new storage features of Windows Server 2012 as a  place to run VMs from, but there’s more to it than that.  Shared storage used to mean presenting SAN storage inside a cluster, and you relied on your SAN experts to provision the storage you needed. ...