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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… Read more

System Center Advisor– now live

I remember hearing about a Project Houston about a year ago, a cunning plan to allow Microsoft to check the heath of your SQL Server databases and the operating system it sits on. It is now live and it’s called System Center Advisor. It works by using an internet gateway server you setup which in… Read more

Application Platform Knowledge Hub

Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look.  When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are can be fragmented so you do have to remember where to look.  That’s… Read more

SQL Server Reporting Services–if it’s important look after it

Before I can commit funds to a new project be it at work or at home I need to know I can afford it; specifically is there enough money in the budget and to find that out I need to run a report.  This is what’s meant by operational reporting and this distinction means that… Read more

Data Mining not dead, but possibly forgotten

With the launch of SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Denali ctp3 there has been ever more BI functionality built in but nothing has been mentioned about the strange world of data mining. Data mining has been in SQL Server since analysis services was launched but I have rarely seen it being used –… Read more

SQL Server developer training kit–to useful to be just for developers

One of the few niggles I have about working at Microsoft is the way we try and put you the reader into pigeon holes, and an area where this fails for me is when it comes to SQL Server.  My developer friends won’t go near SQL Server unless they have to and this things like … Read more

Virtualising SQL Server – a second opinion

I caught a really good presentation from Chris Kranz( and @ckranz),  Principal Solutions Architect responsible for Storage and Virtualisation projects at leading Systems Integrator, Kelway (UK) Ltd. at the Leeds VM user group last month.  Chris first encountered virtualisation technologies back in 2005 with early releases of VMware ESX and has since gained the highest… Read more

Guest Clustering–What is it and do you need it?

I am pretty sure the term guest clustering is not a standard industry term nor is it official Microsoft speak, so what do I mean by it? I mean the business of creating a cluster out of a group of virtual machines – you might call this a virtual cluster but that might confuse it… Read more

Event Handling for the IT Professional

My diary is solid for the next few weeks as there seem to be a lot of events on. This is good for me as the best bit of my job is swapping ideas and stories with like minded individuals, not to mention the odd lively debate.  I also get the impression that many of… Read more