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The place where I page to when my brain is full up of stuff about the Microsoft platform

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

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

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

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

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

Vision on – Windows 7

As I’ve said before I’m a bit unsure about whether IT Pros have the time or inclination to watch technical videos.  With our shortened attention spans and demands on our time I am very sure that watching an hour long or even half hour video is going to be watched very often. So James and… Read more

SQL Server, Lies Damn Lies and Statistics

I see Oracle have published a couple of papers recently on how easy it is install, configure and manage Oracle 11g vs SQL Server and DB2. The work was commissioned from the Edison Group and the paper on the Oracle / SQL Server comparison is available here.  When I read this I was reminded of… Read more

SQL Server event horizon

I’ve just got back from a week off and I was going to blog about the SQL Server Data Management on 29th September at Inmarsat Ltd Conference Services 99 City Road London London But it’s already on a waiting list! You can still register and you’ll be notified if a space frees up. I am… Read more

Britain Works

I sat watching Dave the other night and there’s a bit in it where Kevin Kline simply states that he wants to give everyone in America a job that wants one.  I’m not sure if our the MD of Microsoft, Gordon Frazer has seen this, but he’s just announced that we plan to get to… Read more

Do You trust your DBA

I noticed a new tool appeared last week from Sentrigo that scrambles SQL Server passwords so that they cannot be seen in plain text by the DBA.  This is to address a supposed vulnerability in SQL Server 2000/5 where by allowed memory dumps which exposed users passwords (BTW I am not doing a post on… Read more