Event: Microsoft Switched on Briefings 2012 – Optimising your Private Cloud to meet Application Business Demands

  Designing a Private Cloud Strategy that meets Business Demands Your enterprise supports hundreds (or thousands) of applications to meet business demands- and as demand increases, so does the number of applications. This growth increases the cost of deploying and managing data sources for these applications- putting stress on the IT budget that can stifle…


Have you registered for the Big Picture Event?

  Experience the future. NOW. Driven by the thought “Don’t tell me, SHOW ME!”, Microsoft brings you a complimentary annual event that allows you to explore first-hand cutting-edge and amazing Microsoft technology in action. Discover a theme park of possibilities packed with a series of different real-life scenarios set in the world of business and…



Heading over to the US for the largest SQL Server conference in the world!!! – the SQL PASS Summit – http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2011/. I will keep you updated about the announcements made at the event – there are some great ones so stay tuned. Hope to see you guys there, definitely come by to the Baremetal Instructor…


SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide

So you have downloaded Denali CTP3 from – https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/pd/SQLDCTP3CTA/enus/ and now want to know what are the new bits in it. To help answer this question we have released a product guide to help you through this process. This product guide can be downloaded from – http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27069 The SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product…


Kimball University Training in Sydney: Microsoft Data Warehouse in Depth

  Anyone wanting to skill up in Microsoft Data Warehousing implementation methodology, then look no further than the Kimball University Training. This course is coming to Sydney on the 7th to 10th of March 2011. It is being taught by Joy Mundy and Warren  Thornthwaite of Kimball University, co-authors of the best selling Microsoft Data…


Learning and getting trained to be a SQL Server DBA

Time to time I get questions asked about training and learning more about SQL Server management, maintenance, best practices. As with every Microsoft product I say they are best learnt with hands on technique, that is to say get yourself a copy of the software (of course legally/eval versions) and install it and as most…


Master Data Services Portal on MSDN

Master Data Services portal page is now live on MSDN! This portal  presents information about MDS from many different sources, including Microsoft, third-party, and community contributions. The following table outlines the kind of information we’re sharing with users on the page: Section Description Getting Started Features links to introduce customers to MDS, help them find…


Master Data Services Training Videos

SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services Training videos are available at – http://www.msdev.com/Directory/SearchResults.aspx?keyword=MDS


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…


SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

Want some FREE training on the new developer features of SQL Server 2008? Download this developer training kit from – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e9c68e1b-1e0e-4299-b498-6ab3ca72a6d7. This kit contains examples, presentations, hands on labs. It works with Express Editions of SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio.