Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tuesday Hardware Tidbits, Nov 29, 2011

Since Microsoft is moving to core-based licensing for SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, with a minimum of four physical core licenses per physical socket, I have had a few questions about what is the “best” quad-core processor to choose for … Continue reading

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Promoted to Master Group By Thomas LaRock

SQLRockstar Thomas LaRock has updated his blogger rankings this month, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had moved me up from the Model group to the Master group. This is quite an honor, since Thomas spends quite … Continue reading

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Hotfix for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 Periodically Does Not Accept Connections Bug

Microsoft has released a hotfix for a very frustrating issue that plagued me for a couple of years at NewsGator.  I recently became reacquainted with this old problem with Error: 18056, Severity: 20, State: 29. Basically what happens is that … Continue reading

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Speaking at Spring 2012 SQL Server Connections in Las Vegas

I am going to be one of the speakers at the Spring 2012 SQL Server Connections Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. This conference will be held from March 26-29, 2012, and you can register here. The banner on the conference … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Cumulative Update 2 Released

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 Cumulative Update 2, which is Build 10.00.5768.00. I count only 3 fixes in this CU. As I always do, I want to remind everyone that this CU is only for SQL … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Cumulative Update 7 Released

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Cumulative Update 7, which is Build 10.00.4323.00. I count 18 fixes in this CU, several of which are related to Full-Text indexes. If you are still on the SQL Server 2008 … Continue reading

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Tuesday Hardware Tidbits, Nov 15, 2011

A couple of interesting developments this week. First, Intel has officially released (and lifted the embargo) on their new high-end, Sandy Bridge-E desktop processors that use the LGA 2011 platform and X79 chipset. This is relevant for SQL Server professionals … Continue reading

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