Ward Pond's SQL Server blog

Ruminating on issues pertinent to the design and development of sound databases and processes under Microsoft SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2005, and SQL Server 2000 (while reserving the right to vent about anything else that's on my mind)

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  • Blog Post: IE7 Is Here!

    This morning, the English version of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP was released to the web; it's available for download here . There are myriad improvements over IE6, of which tabbed browsing is just the most obvious. Were I you, I would certainly take these bits out for a spin. Enjoy! ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 QFE Rollup Released

    The most recent set of fixes for SQL Server 2005, the Service Pack 1 QFE Rollup, is available for download here . The linked page currently includes instructions in seven languages as well as links for downloading all of the updated components. You'll also find a list of the hotfixes included in the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Table Valued Parameter Webcast

    The webast for Table Valued Parameters is currently ongoing, and is well worth your time. Database developers should be salivating for this feature! Check out the end of the webcast now.. when the links to the recordings for this week's sessions are up, I'll post them here. -wp
  • Blog Post: CTP 6 of SQL Server 2008 Is Now Available For Download

    The latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 is available for download at the Microsoft Connect website, here . The list of new features in this release is pretty impressive: Progress-Based Management: policy violation alerts, policy import, running and evaluating multiple policies simultaneously, and...
  • Blog Post: Don't Forget! SQL Server 2008 Web Chat On Thursday, March 13

    I wanted to mention this one more time, since my previous post on this topic suffers from a cryptic title.. Join the Microsoft SQL Server development team to learn more and ask technical questions about the February CTP release of SQL Server 2008. The web chat starts here at 11 am Pacific Daylight...
  • Blog Post: IE8 is Here!

    Microsoft’s newest web browser, Internet Explorer 8, was released about three hours ago and is now available for download here . If you want it, go get it! -wp this copyrighted material was originally posted at http://blogs.technet.com/wardpond .   the author and his employer are pleased to provide...
  • Blog Post: Technical News: "Express" Program Extended Indefinitely

    Do I work for a great company, or what? When I blogged about the launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 back in November of last year, I highlighted the release of Visual Studio 2005 Express and SQL Server 2005 Express , free downloadable versions of this powerful software . At the time...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2 Maintenance Plans

    Users of SQL Server 2005 maintenance plans should be aware of a change in SP2 that affects existing cleanup tasks until they're updated using the SP2 tools. Full details may be found here . I'll keep you posted on this issue.. -wp
  • Blog Post: It's Here! SQL Server 2005 SP2 CTP2 Released!

    The SQL Server team has released CTP2 of SQL Server 2005 SP2 to the public. You'll find the following here : SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP (ReadMe here ) SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and Tools Service Pack 2 CTP SQL Server 2005 Books Online Service Pack 2 CTP Feature Pack for SQL...
  • Blog Post: It's Here! SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 Now Available for Download

    As discussed here , SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is now available for download here . The following information is taken verbatim from the Data Platform Insider : SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now available for download and includes the following updates: Roll-up of Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates...
  • Blog Post: Books OnLine Updated For SP2, Too

    I just found out today that Books OnLine has also been updated recently. The current (February, 2007) version is available for download here . There are several significant changes in this version, including documentation for at least one new showplan operator, the Key Lookup operator (this is the...
  • Blog Post: Last Day to Start Downloading the Windows 7 Beta

    As previously mentioned , if you want to work with the Windows 7 Beta, you need to start your download today and finish it by this Thursday, 12 February 2009.  Full details are available here . If you want it, go get it!  You need to register and start your download today, and finish your download...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 LiveMeeting Recordings

    If you were unable to make last week's SQL Server 2008 webcasts, fear not; the recordings have been posted on LiveMeeting.com: SQL Server Katmai June CTP: Analysis Services - Dimension Design SQL Server Katmai June CTP: Change Data Capture The session for Star Joins is currently ongoing....
  • Blog Post: 93,000 Concurrent SAP Users In A Free Download?!

    Well, not exactly.. After teasing you on Friday with hints of what you'd hear in today's launch of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and Biztalk Server 2006, I’m pleased to say the information is out there, and more than worth your while. Rather than rehash the content of our website ...
  • Blog Post: Technical News: Two More SQL Server 2008 Web Events Next Week

    I should really finish my entire in-box before I blog schedule items.. There are two LiveMeeting sessions scheduled for next week which may be of interest. On Tuesday, June 12, at 11:00 am PDT (GMT - 8:00), you'll hear about improvements in AS dimension design from Robert Zare, who leads this...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update Package 2 for SQL Server 2008 Released

    Can you tell I’m moving towards the top of my in-box?  My earlier release announcement was three months late; this one is only two weeks so. Cumulative Update Package 2 for SQL Server 2008 has been released and is available for download here .  As always, Microsoft recommends that you test...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is Now Available

    Actually, I’m about a month late to the party on this one..  but I’ve been busy.. Cumulative Upgrade 4 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 is available for download here . The SQL Server Release team discusses the SP3 release here and the SP2 release here .  Aaron Bertrand has a nice discussion...
  • Blog Post: Public CTP of Data Dude Service Release 1 Is Now Available

    Gert has the details here .. -wp
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available for Download

    If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members. Here’s the skinny from the download page: SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2005: Here Comes The Next Generation of Developer Tools

    Remember the old Jimmy Buffett tune, " Come Monday "? Well, this coming Monday, November 7, 1995 (or "Launch 2005", as it's known here in Redmond), will be remembered for a long time as the day the price/performance debate in software development and deployment was changed forever. This is way better...
  • Blog Post: Greetings From Windows Live Writer, and Other Non-Technical News

    Sure, it's a somewhat contrived reason for a post, but it's leap day.  In such a calendar-centric endeavor as a blog, it seems to me that one must leave a footprint on leap day.. I'm posting today via Windows Live Writer, which I downloaded earlier this week along with the latest Windows Live Messenger...
  • Blog Post: Technical News: Second Cumulative Update Released For SQL Server 2005 SP2

    Let's place this in the category of "old news".. On June 18th, Microsoft released the second Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. It may be accessed here . The CU has been released as a hotfix, not a public download, which means you only need to apply the CU if you're facing one...
  • Blog Post: Technical News: June 11 SQL Server 2008 June CTP Web Chat

    This Monday, June 11, at 11:00 am PDT (GMT-8:00), the SQL Server Development Team will be hosting a chat which will allow you to learn more and ask questions about the June CTP release of SQL Server 2008. You can enter the chat room here . This link will add the event to your calendar. Hope to...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative Update Package 10 for SQL Server 2005 SP2 Released

    Cumulative Update Package 10 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is available for download here .  Microsoft recommends that you apply this update package only on instances which are experiencing one of the issues described in the linked article. If you need these fixes, here they are..     ...
  • Blog Post: Data Dude Power Tools Released

    Slightly old news, as the inbox purge slowly continues.. Gert's got details of the first round of Data Dude Power Tools, released by his team this past Monday. Fans of the product will want to check out the link; Gert is very generous with his descriptions. If you're a Data Dude user, go get it...