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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: Presentations, (IT) Pro’s and Pizza: A Career Evening in Review

    As a wise individual once said, “Don’t change yourself for the job, change the job to suit you”. This is a piece of advice that we’ve taken to heart recently, but don’t read into that, this isn’t a public resignation post. Rather, if you’ve read Andrew’s...
  • Blog Post: Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
  • Blog Post: Update: neues Windows Azure Training verfügbar

    Hallo @all, im neuen Training Kit zu Windows Azure werden Developer- und ITPro Administratoren-Szenarien vorgestellt. Das Training Kit kann man herunterladen und installieren oder auf GitHub Windows Azure TrainingKit direkt durchschmökern. Für alle DBAs für SQL Server: mit Azure Virutal Maschines ist...
  • 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: Microsoft Big Data: Hadoop auf der Microsoft Plattform

    Hallo @all, auf der Strata Conference + Hadoop NYC 2012 hat das Microsoft Big Data Team die CTP veröffentlicht: 1. “Hadoop on Azure” trägt künftig den Namen: Windows Azure HDInsight Service 2. “Hadoop on Windows” ist als CTP/Preview verfügbar und trägt...
  • 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: The Future of Microsoft BI

    PASS collided with TechEd Berlin this year so I only got to see all the Denali announcements, on the video streams. Business intelligence (BI) is once again front and centre and while there are significant improvements to scale and performance, the main effort has been to improve agility and ease of...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1

    If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes.  Apart from the confusion over when to...
  • Blog Post: The week that was 9th - 16th April

    Last week we extended the number of IT Camps that we are running in London, we released the details of the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event and provided details of our IE Migration seminars.  That wasn’t enough for us though!  So we also gave you the value proposition for Microsoft Certification...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our new community licensing specialist....

    One of the things about Twitter that I absolutely love is that it connects you to people that you would never have had the chance to meet. A few weeks ago I out out a blog post about licensing questions, which then got posted onto Twitter...lo and behold a few hours later, someone from one of our Licensing...
  • 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: 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: New SQL Server migration tools available to download

    Looking to cut the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2? Microsoft has two free migration assistants ready to download: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL v1.0 and Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access v4.2 .
  • 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: Event: Microsoft’s Kamal Hathi to Lead World-Class Agenda

    We are excited to announce that Microsoft Director of SQL Server Business Intelligence Kamal Hathi will be delivering the keynote at PASS SQLRally Nordic 2012, kicking off the main program Tuesday, October 2. Meet him and a large contingent of top international speakers at one of the world’s biggest...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten

    You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually  there’s a  huge amount of free tools and resource out there and I have had to restrict myself to a top ten across the server and client,  based on what Simon and I have used.  So please feel free to...
  • 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: How to convince your boss to let you attend SQLRelay..

    Why is it so hard to get time off for training? It can be hard, because there is a cost associated with a training event. However, whilst SQLRelay offers free training, you may still need some help to explain the value of SQLRelay to your boss. Here are some useful reasons you can provide when you ask...
  • Blog Post: HD Insight

    Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center . ,  So extending this approach...
  • 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: SQL Server sprawl

    Normally the term sprawl carries an implied criticism, in the case of SQL Server that DBAs have lost control of their infrastructure and users are installing it willy-nilly without regard for data protection or disaster recovery. However, when it comes to SQL Server User Group meetings then sprawl is...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Windows Azure SQL Databases In Action

    Gareth Hewitt is the Product Director for WhiteSky Studio , a configurable Platform as a Service that allows business users to rapidly and easily create their own applications. Gareth founded WhiteSky Studio in June 2011 and is now focused on growing the product through allowing partners to create, market...
  • Blog Post: Event: SQLBits 10 – The Official UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event

    SQLBits , the UK’s SQL Server technical conference and the second largest SQL Server conference in the world, is undoubtedly the place to be if you’re keen to improve your SQL Server knowledge and find out what’s new in SQL Server 2012! Over nine previous conferences since 2007, SQLBits has gained a...