Monthly Archives: August 2009

Upcoming Microsoft Gadgets

Microsoft has finally officially announced the long rumored price cuts for the XBox 360 Elite, which will go down from $399 to $299. This was one of the worst kept secrets in the tech world, but now it is finally … Continue reading

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Shameless Self Promotion

NewsGator’s marketing department put up a nice post yesterday mentioning myself and Dan Larson, who are both Microsoft MVPs. I do think that it is interesting and unusual to have two MVPs working at a relatively small company like NewsGator. … Continue reading

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Intel Calpella Launch At End of September?

According to Gizmodo, Intel is due to launch the next generation Centrino mobile platform, known as Calpella at the end of September. This will support the mobile version of the Core i7 processor. They mention three different new processors, including … Continue reading

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Application and Multi-Server Management With SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has published a good whitepaper that explains the new functionality in SQL Server 2008 R2 that will allow you to more easily manage multiple servers with Managed Server Groups and to deploy and maintain databases with Data Tier Applications. … Continue reading

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Books Online (July 2009)

Microsoft has released the July 2009 standalone version of Books Online (BOL) for SQL Server 2008, which you can get here. BOL is a great resource, with lots of good sample code and examples. Even though the online version is … Continue reading

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Cumulative Update 5 For SQL Server 2005 SP3

Microsoft has released the latest Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2005 SP3, which is Build 4230. They also released a Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2005 SP2, but I really think you should have moved to the SP3 branch by … Continue reading

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Passed The 70-251 Microsoft Exam

I took the final, non-BI Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Certification Exam on Friday, so now I have finished all of the Developer and Administrator exams for SQL Server 2008. I am debating whether I want to go back and take … Continue reading

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Interview on

Well-known Indian SQL MVP Pinal Dave has posted a short interview he did with me recently. Pinal is the founder of, where he posts very useful how-to information about SQL Server nearly every day. His blog is in my … Continue reading

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Another Reason To Install Service Pack 1 CU3 on SQL Server 2008

Microsoft has a new KB article describing a problem where the MAXDOP setting that you specify (whether at the instance level with sp_configure or at the query level) is ignored by SQL Server 2008, unless you set it to 1. … Continue reading

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SQL Server Microsoft Certified Masters

The Master Blog periodically lists people who completed their Microsoft Certified Masters Program in various disciplines, such as SQL Server. In case you are not familiar with it, the Microsoft Certified Master Program is much more challenging (and expensive) than … Continue reading

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