Update for SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit – Now includes SQL Server 2008 R2 material

Download it from – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=fffaad6a-0153-4d41-b289-a3ed1d637c0d  SQL Server 2008 R2 offers an impressive array of capabilities for developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2008. The SQL Server 2008 R2Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to take advantage of the key improvements introduced in SQL…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Tour Downunder

The official launch of SQL Server 2008 R2 is set for the 12th May, 2010. To celebrate the launch, we are organising a tour, with seminars being held at Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.                                             At the complimentary seminars, Microsoft’s Alan Eldridge along with New Horizons will introduce you to the new features in the…

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5W1H of Master Data Services

On the 26th of March 2010 evening I presented an overview of the Master Data Services at the Brisbane SQL Server User group held at the Microsoft offices in Waterfront Place, Brisbane. You might be wondering what is 5W1H, it is basically the: What? Why? When? Where? Who? How? of Master Data Services. I used…

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SQL Server 2008 R2: Multi Server Management Feature Survey

As we are nearing to the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, I have been presenting about its new features and one that reasonates well amongst the DBAs is the multi server management. DBAs see this as a great way of getting insight into planned consolidated SQL Server environements. It not only helps from understanding…

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SQL Server 2008: Upgrading to Standard/Enterprise Edition from Evaluation Edition

I often get asked about upgrading SQL Server 2008 Evaluation Edition to a retail edition such as Standard or Enterprise Edition. This is very well documented at the below SQL Server books online link: How to: Upgrade to a Different Edition of SQL Server 2008 (Setup) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707783.aspx Below are the main steps, using the Setup…

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The premier BI event you can’t miss.

We are excited to be hosting this year’s Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference 2010 in New Orleans, LA! We invite you to join us for this event which will showcase Microsoft’s market-leading business intelligence (BI) products, solution expertise and customer successes. Additionally, this year’s BI Conference is co-locating with Tech·Ed North America which will offer you…

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Resource: Book on SAP integration with SQL Server

Do you run SAP as your ERP systems? Do you also have SQL Server or SharePoint in your environment? Do you want to give your users easier ways to access the data in your SAP systems – let them be able to self-serve reports. Well if the answers to any of the above questions is…

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Looking for a new way to browse the Web instead of just links

…and if you love Pivot tables in Excel, then you are going to like this tool. Its called GetPivot, and it is from Microsoft Live Labs. It enables you to visually browse the web and then pivot (hence the name) on particular attributes, so for example you are looking for new cars. The first screen…

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Microsoft BI Video

As part of the BIEB series, a short video of mine explaining Microsoft’s BI capability has been published on The Australian newspaper website. Hope you find it informative and quickly summarises the concept of PowerPivot coming out shortly in SQL Server 2008 R2. Link to video: http://player.video.news.com.au/theaustralian/?lMRzeNntldciQYB30utQKcPG7U83GDvx As always your feedback/questions are welcome.  PS: While…

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SQL Server Service Pack Roadmap

SQL Server 2008 SP2 is scheduled for release in Q3/CY2010. SQL Server 2005 SP4. Yes there is going to be one. Expected release data is in Q4/CY2010. Based on current support volume as well as the fact that SQL Server 2005 will enter into extended support on 4/13/2011 we anticipate this to be the last…

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