SQL 2005 Metadata Samples Toolkit and whitepaper now available

Reposted 10/1/06 to include in ‘free tools’ category  I’m constantly asked “what’s Microsoft doing about metadata and do we have a solution.” In the old days (SQl 2000 and 7), Microsoft provided Meta Data Services, a platform designed to help tools and applications manage metadata and information models more effectively. It included the Open Information…

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New SQL 2005 code samples available

I guess now the pressure is off to release the product we’ll see more useful samples comming out of corp; here’s a link to the latest December update: http://msdn.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/samples/default.aspx  

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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

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SQL Server Reporting Services Report Packs – looking for suggestions

when I was over in the US recently, I attended a ‘Bill Baker and team unplugged’ session, (Bill is the GM for SQL Server Business Intelligence).  Reporting Services Report packs came up as a topic for discussion.  The team asked the audience if the Report Packs had been well recieved, to which I quickly responded…

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Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 with Free Microsoft E-Learning Courses.

More and more people are asking me about SQL 2005 training courses and certification.  I believe the exams will be ready in Q1 next year.  In the meantme, how about access to the training courses absolutely free until 1st November @ https://www.microsoftelearning.com/sqlserver2005    

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SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver Beta 1 Now Available

Not many people know we have a SQL JDBC driver at all, well now we’ve got a beta version for SQL Server 2005.  It works for a wide variety of OSs including: HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP.  Apparently it goes a lot better than the old (SQL…

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Querying and Reporting on Report Execution Log Data

Well I didn’t realise, or maybe I just plain forgot, that these reports and the necessary support infrastrucuture come with Reporting Services under the extras folder on the CD – all useful stuff for report heads. Longest Running ReportsMost Executed Reports Report Exections By Hour Report Parameters ReportsByMonth ReportsByUser ReportsExecutedByDay ReportSize ReportSuccessRate Todays Reports For…

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Download Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition: Community Technology Preview April 2005

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition: Community Technology Preview April 2005 Download the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Unlike beta releases that receive a much higher level of testing and feature work, CTPs are intended to expose the latest working build.   This CTP is feature complete and looks…

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