Free SAP Customer Workshops "How Microsoft Runs SAP" Munich on February 7, 2006 and in Brussels on February 9, 2006.

These courses rarely come to Europe – so if you’re interested be quick! From the blurb:- We would like to invite you to attend the upcoming SAP Customer Workshop about How Microsoft Runs SAP. The same session will be held in Munich on February 7, 2006 and in Brussels on February 9, 2006. The heart…


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


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…


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…


64 Bit performance v 32 bit performance – some compelling evidence

More and more ITPros are looking for help in deciding between 64 bit and 32 bit boxes, often they are looking for evidence that 64 bit is worth the investment and worth the risk (of adopting a new platform). This link takes you to a compelling demo, delivered at the Microsoft WinHEC 2005 conference, which…


Fame at last: Ten Useful Microsoft Blogs have published an article ‘Ten Useful Microsoft Blogs’ @ Guess who’s number 2? Also at number 10 is the UKs own Industry Insiders blog  So as promised all of you who submitted articles are already gaining recognition.  Alas only two articles have come form the database community.  So come on, I know…


Blogcasts: SQL Server 2000 – Configuring System Monitor & Monitoring SQL Server performance & Configuring alerts

Three new SQL Server 2000 blogcasts out of Redmond: Demo 4-1 Configuring System Monitor            4-2 Monitoring SQL Server performance 4-3 Configuring alerts                           


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…


Letter from America 3 – Mischievous reports and feeding the 5000

After all my messing around yesterday, I’ve decided to create this post in pocket word. I attended a securty session yesterday and was reminded of an issue that can send DBAs scuttling from the room when they learn of it’s presence, the ‘trojan report’. Reporting Services (RS) reports can use Windows security to access it’s…