Just Announced - SQL Server 2012 - coming to you in 2012

SQL Server 2012 is coming! Today at SQL PASS SUMMIT 2011, our CVP Ted Kummert revealed the product name of the next version of SQL Server code name “Denali”.As it might not come to any surprise we are proud to announce SQL Server 2012, releasing in – 2012! What I am excited about are the…

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Firewall Configurations for SQL Server

I’ve been asked the question many times, and you probably have seen it before …The “warning” message that displays during a SQL Server installation and warns you about “Firewall” configurations. To optimize for a minimal footprint and maximum security, configuring the right firewall settings might be a bit hard for some of us, or even…

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SQL Server Security Vulnerabilities

SQL Server is the most secure of any of the major database platforms. In 2010, SQL Serer recorded zero security vulnerabilities compared with 34 for Oracle and 21 for IBM. Take that! For more information about SQL Server 2008 R2 security and compliance: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/solutions-technologies/mission-critical-operations/security-and-compliance.aspx    

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Today is yet another milestone for SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse! -- Please welcome Dell PDW Appliance and Hadoop connectors

Today we announced at TDWI another giant leap in Microsoft’s datawarehousing offering.:   Today, businesses are increasingly facing a “data deluge,” as the complexity and volume of data grows steadily. Meanwhile, IT continues to grapple with how to manage, store that data, as well as unlock the valuable business insights that data holds.  That’s why…

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Released - SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Today we released SQL Server 2008 R2 -SP1 The following features are new in Service Pack 1 (SP1). Dynamic Management Views for increased supportability. sys.dm_query_stats DMV is extended with additional columns to improve supportabilities over troubleshooting long-running queries. New DMVs and XEvents on select performance counters are introduced to monitor OS configurations and resource conditions…

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BareMetal Hands-on-Labs and workshop - current and futures

Anyone who attended TechED, SQL PASS Summit, any internal Microsoft events or the MVP Summit on SQL must have heard about BareMetal hands-on-labs.Based on the interest, feedback and request to add the script files and manuals I am attaching the current DRAFT version of the Mission Critical Manual to this post. Now be aware that…

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Microsoft Data Warehousing Offerings

Microsoft Data Warehousing Offerings     Summary   When implementing a database solution, a “one shoe fits all” approach assumes that all database workloads are largely similar. Microsoft recognizes the different, sometimes conflicting, needs of targeted database workloads such as Online Transactional Processing (OLTP), Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence. Microsoft Data Warehousing offers a dedicated,…

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Channel 9 videos posted

Our team hast posted a couple of new videos on SQL Server through Channel 9, available for web based viewing, or download to your favorite playbac device Upgrade Your DatabaseData Programmability Tools SQL Server applianceParallel Data WarehouseSQL Server virtualizationSQL Server securitySQL Server AlwaysOnSQL Server backup compressionSQL Server Integration ServicesSQL Server Non-RelationalSQL Server CLRSQL Server Data…

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SQL PASS - Hands-on-Labs goodness ...

To follow up on a general request by the attendees at SQLPASS, I promised to post a link to our existing SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Azure Hands-on-Labs. Some of these labs are hosted as part of the Technet Virtual Labs or MSDN Virtual labs, which makes it very easy for you to experience…

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SQL Server Hands-on-Labs at PASS

A lot of the attendees are asking if the SQL Labs that we are running at the conference are available and where they can find demos / recordings.The majority of our labs and training materials on SQL 2008 R2 are covered here    

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