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Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2 – part 2

Server Core is lean and mean but what can it be used for aside from sitting behind your infrastructure? The biggest new thing is IIS, specifically  server core can now support asp.net websites. I think this is really useful as web servers need to be secure and increasingly highly available. Server core and IIS 7.5… Read more

An Interesting VDI case, Holmes.

Last June I didi a series of interviews with Alun Rodgers of Risual about the cool stuff in Windows Server 2008. In one of these.. Alun is telling me about how Terminal Services (now known as Remote Desktop Services, RDS, in Windows Server 2008 R2) could be used to provide a secure desktop for police… Read more

Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn

James and I are on our way to TechEd Berlin, but we’re driving because we’re both a little bit eccentric.  Not only that we have a bit of stuff to take.. four laptops, a shuttle, a hub assorted drives, cables so that we can demo a bunch of interesting stuff in our session. We’ll be… Read more

SQL Bits Friday session

I promise this is the last time I mention SQL Bits this week, but I wanted to let you know I have got 25 free tickets for the paid for event this Friday which would normally cost £149 to attend.  The venue is the Celtic Manor in Newport… and is probably the next best thing… Read more

SQL Server MVPs

The best thing about working with SQL Server is working with the other people that use it.  The SQL server experts who do most for their colleagues in the community are recognised as MVPs, so not only do they know their stuff they are willing to share their knowledge. Of course you could argue that… Read more

Getting Started with SparkLines in ReportBuilder 3

First you’re going to need the download and install SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP.  My step by step guide on doing that is here (which stil works with the November CTP) Now you’re going to need to have a copy of the adventure works database  from Codeplex I have used the version designed for… Read more

Report Builder 3.0 SparkLines

As a graphic designer and geek with a masters around cognitive psychology I am intrigued at how little use is made of the wonderful visualisations in many modern BI tools be they from Microsoft, Oracle IBM or SAP. Ignoring this trend, I wanted to show a new visualisation tool in SQL Server 2008 R2 called… Read more