The Complete SQL Server Holiday Guide

Ideally the holidays are a time to catch up with friends, family and food. But end-of-year deadlines and work emergencies can also make it a stressful time. Between the festivities, you may face some tough choices. Do I go to John’s holiday beer bash, or do I finish up the playhouse I’m building for Suzy?… Read more

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for the DBA

Ring in the cheer, the New Year is near! As the holidays approach and the shopping days grow short, we think we’ve got a one-stop shopping list to help you find the perfect gift for the extra special DBA in your life! The SQL Server Holiday Gift Giving Guide includes unique gift ideas to use… Read more

Disk and File Layout for SQL Server

Guest blog post by Paul Galjan, Microsoft Applications specialist, EMC Corporation. To learn more from Paul and other EMC experts, please visit – and join our Everything Microsoft Community. The RAID group is dead – long live the storage pool!   Pools fulfill the real promise of centralized storage – the elimination of storage silos. … Read more

The DBA’s Holiday Checklist

Guest Blog Post by Chris Shaw, Xtivia. Chris is an MVP Award Recipient, the author of Pro SQL Server Practices 2012, and he can be reached at or thought his blog.. At this time of year, I look forward to long visits with the relatives, eating more food than should be allowed by law… Read more

Create Our New Year’s Greeting & Win a SQL Server Swag Set

Enter the New Year Cover Photo Challenge and help us ring in 2013 with a ‘Happy New Year’ themed message to the SQL Server community! Submit an image or photo of your own design that we can use as our SQL Server Facebook page cover photo in January, and if your entry is selected as… Read more

How Fast is Project Codenamed “Hekaton” – It’s ‘Wicked Fast’!

Recently I posted a video about how the SQL Server Community was looking into emerging trends in BI and Database technologies – one of the key technologies mentioned in that video was in-memory. Many Microsoft customers have been using in-memory technologies as part of SQL Server since 2010 including xVelocity Analytics, xVelocity Column Store and… Read more

The Perfect Combination: SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012

Delivering a Complete Data Platform for the Modern Datacenter with Cloud OS Today’s organizations need the ability to seamlessly build, deploy and manage applications and services across on-premise and cloud computing environments. The Cloud OS platform with Windows Server® 2012, Windows Azure, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 work… Read more