Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – November 2005

Overview The Feature Pack is a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005. It includes: Latest versions of redistributable components for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of add-on providers for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of backward compatibility components for SQL Server 2005 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d09c1d60-a13c-4479-9b91-9e8b9d835cdc&displaylang=en


Get the facts about deploying and using Microsoft® SQL Server 2005TM

Our launch roadshow, here in the UK, was totally over subscribed.  So here’s another chance to gem up on the plethora of new capabilities. Experts from Scalability, DevelopMentor, and Solid Quality Learning will present practical, real-world information in three tracks covering administration, development and business intelligence Register NOW   www.sqlmag.com You’ve got to be quick!


Slides from the SQL Server Launch in Birmingham UK

During, what I hope was viewed as a successful day,  many people asked where they could find the slides for the technical sessions.You will be able to find them @ http://www.microsoft.com/uk/launchtour2005  – but you may have to wait a couple of days before they actually get loaded. Hope those of you attended enjoyed the event. …


TechNet Briefing: What’s NEW in SQL 2005 – Analysis Services & Data Mining

Here’s a little self publicity for gig I’ll be doing in December: To register please go to https://msevents-eu.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&eventid=118761637 05 December 2005 18:30 – 05 December 2005 21:00 (GMT) GMT, London Welcome Time: 18:00 Language: English Microsoft Ltd Chicago 1Building 3Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading Berkshire RG6 1WGUnited Kingdom  General Event Information Products: SQL Server….


Its not SQL but it is amuzing

Some people around here (in the UK) just have too much time on their hands, check this out for a little light entertainment. http://msexp.streamnavig.com/msexp/player.asp?e=E9999&s=9999_en_w&f=9999_en&uid=00011C7758813ADF&lng=en&cou=uk


Changing Job

It is with sadness that I have to announce that I am changing jobs and moving back into my old role as a Product Specialist, working with our Enterprise customers in a pre-sales capacity.Alas, I won’t have as much time to blog now, but I’ll do my best to share interesting SQL info as I…


Microsoft .NET Data Provider for SAP

After my recent SQL 2k5 BI session, here at TVP Reading, I had an enquiry asking for more info regarding the SAP provider I showed in the list of providers available to SQL Server Integration Services .  The best public information I can find is @ http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms216599.  The provider isn’t publicly available at the moment but…


UK SQL User Group Presents: "Concurrency in SQL Server 2005, Kalen Delaney Full Day Seminar: 18th Oct 2005."

Tony Rogerson of the UK SQL User group has asked me to advertise this event.  I think it will be of general interest but also of interest to people migrating or thinking of migrating from Oracle.  And remember you’ve still got three days to enter the Oracle migration competition @http://www.sqlserverchopper.com/Rules.aspx. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Concurrency in SQL Server…


SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview blogcasts

New SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview blogcasts from the States   Demo 1-1 Using Object Explorer    http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo1.asx   Demo 2-1 Using Queries and Scripts  http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo2-1.asx Demo 2-2 Using Solution Explorer  http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo2-2.asx  Demo 3-1 Securing SQL Server with the Surface Area Configuration tool  http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo3-1.asx Demo 3-2 Using SAC.EXE to Export and Import Surface Area Configurations http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo3-2.asx  Demo 4-1 Understanding User-Schema Separation  http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo4.asx  Demo 5-1 Using SQL Agent Proxies  http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25037/SQL-01_Demo5.asx  Demo…


OLAP, Darwin and Evolution

Edited 21st Sept 05 to include picture of herbarium sheet.   In my article ‘Business Intelligence (BI): The way it is without the blah blah’, I mention that I was aware of some exiting research using the SQL Server OLAP engine, the results of which where hopefully about to hit Nature magazine.  I couldn’t say…