SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available for Download

If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members. Here’s the skinny from the download page: SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008…

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As Spring Approaches, a SQL Blogger’s Thoughts Turn to Daylight and Baseball

As we progress towards the Ides of March, one of my best friends-who-I’ve-never-met, Jimmy May, notes our annual transition to Daylight Savings Time, in a post he generously concludes with a link to one of this very blog’s oldies but goodies. In his blog’s title, Jimmy humbly refers to himself as Jimmy May, Aspiring Geek. …

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Just What *is* the Current SQL Server Patch Level, Anyway?

Courtesy of Ben Lam’s question and Arvind Shyamsundar’s answer comes the following list of resources for keeping up with SQL Server product update releases: You can sign up for security bulletin-related email alerts from Microsoft here (Windows Live ID and Windows Live Alerts account required).  Be aware, though, that there are no product-related filters on…

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Log Buffer #118: a Carnival of the Vanities for the DBA

UPDATED 16 Oct 2008 to fix a broken link. UPDATED 10 Oct 2008 to reflect Giuseppe’s comment.  Welcome to installation #118 of Log Buffer, the weekly review of database blogs.  Today, we’re gonna party like it’s 1999! For those of you who might be new to this little corner of the Internets, my name is Ward…

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One Little Thing I Missed..

..while we were preparing for our move.. The company chose my 48th birthday (two days before the movers descended on us) as the RTM date for SQL Server 2008.  There’s a full download available here (subscription required); the free Express version is available here. There are so many new features in the full version of…

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Two Pieces of Technical News from Kalen

Kalen Delaney has one of the most consistently informative SQL Server blogs in all of the Internets, and unless I miss my guess, it was also she who left the first of the very supportive comments I’ve received in the wake of my recent series of personal posts.  Thank you, Kalen, and everyone else for…

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CTP 6 of SQL Server 2008 Is Now Available For Download

The latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 is available for download at the Microsoft Connect website, here. The list of new features in this release is pretty impressive: Progress-Based Management: policy violation alerts, policy import, running and evaluating multiple policies simultaneously, and more. Performance Data Collection: enhancements, many based on CTP customer feedback, include reporting and…

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Lubor Offers a Wonderful Synopsis of Partitioning

One of the best parts of my current job is that the email distribution lists I’m on allow me to be a “fly on the wall” for some very interesting, educational conversations.  Terry started this one off by asking a question: I’ve heard it recommended that the number of partitions for an OLTP table should…

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Microsoft BI Conference 2007: Days 2 and 3

As the great John Lennon once said, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”  I had hoped to spend all of Thursday and most of Friday at the BI Conference, but some late-breaking issues at work pulled me away from the two Thursday afternoon sessions I was most interested in.  I’ll have to…

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