Adam Machanic, Boston-based SQL Server developer, shares his experiences with programming, monitoring, and performance tuning SQL Server. And the occasional battle with the query optimizer.
Lazy developer that I am, I just hate running installers to set up VHDs for the SQL Server 2008 CTPs. So I was overjoyed when Microsoft did the work for me and released a pre-installed VHD image for CTP4.
CTP5, alas, did not ship with a VHD, forcing me once again down the path of the dreaded installer. But today I'm happy to report that Microsoft has once again come through for those of us who simply can't be bothered to click the "Next" button; a VHD for CTP5 has appeared on the Microsoft Download Center.
So download, enjoy, and think of all of the effort you'll save by not having to install...
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About Adam Machanic
Adam Machanic is a Boston-based SQL Server developer, writer, and speaker. He focuses on large-scale data warehouse performance and development, and is author of the award-winning SQL Server monitoring stored procedure, sp_WhoIsActive. Adam has written for numerous web sites and magazines, including SQLblog, Simple Talk, Search SQL Server, SQL Server Professional, CoDe, and VSJ. He has also contributed to several books on SQL Server, including "SQL Server 2008 Internals" (Microsoft Press, 2009) and "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development" (Apress, 2007). Adam regularly speaks at conferences and training events on a variety of SQL Server topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and an alumnus of the INETA North American Speakers Bureau.