Monthly Archives: March 2009

Xeon 5570 Benchmark Results From AnandTech

AnandTech has a good benchmarking article up that shows the amazing performance of the Nehalem-based Xeon 5570 vs. the latest AMD server chips and several older Xeon chip families. For the SQL Server 2005 based benchmarks, the Xeon 5570 is … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advice

While I was at the Denver SQL Server Users Group meeting last Thursday, I asked for a show of hands from the approximately 35 attendees, of people who were using SQL Server 2008 in a Production environment. I was a … Continue reading

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Free Microsoft Exam Vouchers From DreamSpark

Microsoft is now offering exam voucher codes through their DreamSpark program for college and high school students. This will allow students to take any Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam from Prometric for free. This is not a bad deal … Continue reading

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I have seen several SQL MVP bloggers posting about an open bug in Microsoft Connect where SCOPE_IDENTITY does not always return the correct result when query parallelism is involved with SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008. SCOPE_IDENTITY, @@IDENTITY, and … Continue reading

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Good Benchmarks Comparing SSD to Traditional SAS and SATA Drives for SQL Server

AnandTech (which is my favorite hardware review website) has a very interesting post up that compares performance between 15K SAS drives, 5400 SATA drives and Intel X25-E SLC SSD drives, using IOMeter and SQLIO, among other benchmarks. The gist of … Continue reading

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Cumulative Update 4 For SQL Server 2008 Available

Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 4 (CU4) for SQL Server 2008 RTM. You can request the update package here. This is build number 1798. One of the fixes included in CU4 is an issue that I reported (and got a … Continue reading

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ETL World Record For SQL Server 2008

Microsoft’s Len Wyatt, Tim Shea, and David Powell have new White Paper up on MSDN that details their successful effort to load 1 terabyte of data in less than 30 minutes using SSIS on SQL Server 2008, running on Windows … Continue reading

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