Monthly Archives: July 2011

SQL Server Hardware Book News and Reviews

Today was an exciting day, since I discovered that fellow SQL Server MVP Brent Ozar (Blog|Twitter) had posted a very nice review of my book SQL Server Hardware. That means a lot to me, since I respect Brent, both as … Continue reading

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Some Common Disk Drives Compared

Since I talked about how wonderful the newer Western Digital Black 6Gbps SATA III hard drives are a couple of days ago, I thought I would run CrystalDiskMark on a couple of different models in that line, along with a … Continue reading

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Leaked Information About AMD Opteron 6200 Series Processors

CPU World has a post about some leaked info regarding the upcoming Opteron 6200 series “Bulldozer” processor line. Here are the specifications of the four models that the story describes: Opteron 6220       8 cores, 3.0GHz base clock speed, Turbo CORE … Continue reading

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Building or Buying a High Performance, Low Cost Desktop Machine for SQL Server Development and Testing

There was a lengthy discussion on Twitter this morning, where one of my friends, Grant Fritchey (Twitter) was asking the community for suggestions about a good hardware setup that would enable him to run two to three concurrent virtual machines, … Continue reading

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2 Cumulative Update 5 Released

Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 5 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. This CU has ten fixes listed in the knowledge base article, and it is Build 10.0.4316. This Cumulative Update is only for SQL Server 2008 SP2 (not … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Released

Microsoft has finally (after releasing the CTP version way back in April) released the final, gold build of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. This service pack includes the fixes from SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Cumulative Updates 1 through 6, … Continue reading

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Teaching Transact-SQL at University of Denver, University College

Starting this week on Wednesday night, I will be teaching a special five-week condensed version of ICT 4462, Transact-SQL Programming on campus at University of Denver, University College. This class is normally a ten week course, but the school usually … Continue reading

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