Monthly Archives: January 2008

Microsoft’s Hero’s Happen Here Site

Microsoft is having their 2008 Launch Wave Event on February 28 in Los Angeles. This is where they will "launch" Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Of these, Visual Studio 2008 went RTM in November of … Continue reading

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Details About Microsoft.com Running on Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0

Microsoft’s Jeff Toews (from the Microsoft.com Operations Engineering Team) talks about how Microsoft.com has been running on Windows Server 2008 since May of 2007. They are running about 100 quad-processor, 32GB Web servers, that are geographically distributed in multiple data … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 RTM Slips to Q3 2008

Microsoft’s SQL Server Director of Product Management, Francois Ajenstadt blogged today about how the RTM date for SQL Server 2008 will be in Q3 2008. The news has also been covered by Mary Jo Foley and Joe Wilcox. My take … Continue reading

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Microsoft “The Big Event!” in Denver on January 31

Microsoft is holding a free all day event at the Marriot DTC in Denver. They will be talking about Visual Studio 2008, LINQ, Agile Development, etc. This is meant to be similar to the old Developer Days. One of the … Continue reading

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Review of SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

Microsoft released an updated version of the SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) on January 18, 2008. I installed in on my workstation, and tried scanning a few of the servers that I manage. One thing I discovered is … Continue reading

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Some Good Alternative History Books

I was talking to a friend of mine tonight about some of my favorite alternative history books, so I thought I would list a few here: Rally Cry by William Forstchen – This is the first of an eight book … Continue reading

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Five DMV Queries That Will Make You A Superhero!

Being able to quickly analyze the workload and possible bottlenecks on a busy, mission-critical SQL Server is an extremely valuable skill, especially in a crisis. As I have blogged about before, both SQL Server 2005 and 2008 expose a wealth … Continue reading

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