Don’t Miss Val Matison’s Analysis Services Presentation in January

Val Matison, one of our SQL Server MVPs with a wealth of experience in the business intelligence space will be presenting a session on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services at the Toronto .NET User Group on January 5, 2006.  Details on event location and time can be found at the .NET User Group web site at …


Info on All Toronto User Groups in One Place

If you live in the greater Toronto area and are not sure which Microsoft product-oriented user groups exist or how to get a hold of them, your life just got a little bit easier.  The Toronto user group community (9 groups) created a single, event specific blog for advertising their events. It is a very cool…


Genuine Windows Gets You a Tim Horton’s $5 Gift Certificate

Check out this promotion for validating that your copy of Windows is genuine!! Everything about your business is genuine: Your approach to your customers. Your integrity. That’s why when it comes to your technology, being genuine always makes good business sense. Validating your copy of Windows not only keeps your business in good hands, it…


Victoria Kits on Their Way

I know a number of you that attended the Victorial SQL Server 2005 Launch event emailed me wondering when you would be getting your kits with the software and other goodies (yes, there are other goodies beside the software).  I have been told that your kits are shipping out this week and should arrive just…


Exporting Database Diagrams from SQL Server Management Studio

A question that arose at one of the stops on the SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour was How do I export database diagrams I create in SQL Server Management Studio to another application? The answer to this question depends on what you want to do with the diagram after you export it.  If you want…



Today, in Winnipeg, we wrapped up the SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour.  It has been an amazing five weeks from where we started at the single biggest launch event in Microsoft Canada’s history to perhaps the launch event with the coldest weather.  I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that came out…


Enabling Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 for Testing

If you want to start testing database mirroring in SQL Server 2005, you will need to enable a trace flag on your SQL Server 2005 instance.  To do so, you will need to modify the start-up flags for the SQL Server executable and add the following option:  -T1400 .  Please note that the -T is…


Two Cities Down and 8 To Go

I’m writing this from Ottawa, the second stop on the ten city cross-Canada SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour.  I love being in the Nation’s Capital having grown up here. It was good to be back on home turf again.  We rocked Ottawa and hopefully were able to deliver on our promise to show you how…


Attend the SQL Server 2005 Launch Event and Receive a Copy of SQL Server 2005

My colleague, Mark Relph, beat me to the punch and blogged about a very exciting development – we will be giving each attendee that attends the Launch Event in their city a copy of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.  Read Mark’s blog post on this to get the details. 


New Microsoft Certifications Announced for SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006

Microsoft Learning announced the creation of two new certifications today geared towards individuals with proficiences in SQL Server 2005 or BizTalk Server 2006.  The Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) designation for either SQL Server 2005 or BizTalk Server 2006 can be achieved by passing one exam thereby highlighting your skills and knowledge of the product.  From…