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Windows plays Wembley 6th October

I am part of a small team preparing for the launch of Windows 7, its big brother Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 on 6th October at Wembley stadium.  I volunteered to be the producer as I am not presenting, and this essentially means that I’ll get the blame if you don’t have a… Read more

SQLBits Goes West 19-21 November, Newport

When I am not doing the day job I like to draw and paint to relax so I have combined a bit of business & pleasure for the SQL Bits Goes West  conference by doing a few cartoons for them… As you can see the event has grown to three days. While there has always… Read more

Installing the SQL Server 2008 R2 August Technical Preview

I see a lot of comments on Twitter making comments about how hard SQL Server is to install and so I thought I would go through a simple installation based on the August Technical Preview, SQL Server 2008 R2.  I also used the latest operating system Windows Server 2008 R2 We are also having a… Read more

Pimp your Laptop/Netbook

A simple top tip I got form James O’Neill to get a bit more oomph out of your laptop is to ram in a an SD Card for ready boost when you’re not loading up your photographs.  This feature came in with Vista and is still there in Windows 7, and is a caching technology… Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 August Technical preview Installation Guide

I have decided to install the SQL Server 2008 R2 August technical preview (aka CTP2) on Windows Server 2008 R2.  On this new OS there is a specific role the application sever role that you should setup before installing SQL Server This role adds in the .Net framework 3.5 sp1 that SQL Server needs as… Read more

Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle(SDL)

While all of us IT Professionals work hard to make the infrastructure as secure as possible, we largely have to live with the security we are given, be it in the operating system, attendant drivers, or applications., Of course it’s developers who create all of this software, and while this skill has not been on… Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP1 released

The first publicly available technical preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 has just been released to TechNet / MSDN subscribers.  As with the development of SQL Server 2008 each successive CTP will have more features in. This CTP’s main feature is the Report Builder 3, and also included multiple machine management and support for 256… Read more

Making MDX interesting

Chris Webb MVP can, to quote a friend of mine can, “Make MDX sound interesting”.  I have to say when I first when on a course on MDX the tutor went for the “Make MDX confusing and boring” approach. Chris has recently coauthored a book on Expert Cube Development with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis… Read more

You get a lot more than you pay for

Microsoft’s approach to stuff is to ship the basic product as part of a license and then provide you with lots of other add-ins, packs, resource kits and so on which are all free to use on top of what you just paid for e.g. Windows has the Live platform which gives you basic photo… Read more

Access – Office angel or spawn of satan

My first introduction to Access was a painful experience, not because of the product itself but the way it was used, so it was mixed feelings that I read up on the official Access blog what it will look like in Office 2010.  Yippee it’s going to be 64 bit , so it will be… Read more