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The Rambling DBA: Jonathan Kehayias

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Rants : Getting Technical Product Information If you think the MSDN SQL Site is bad...

Every now and then I get frustrated trying to look something up to answer a question on the forums on the MSDN SQL Site, but tonight I have a new found respect for just how wonderful the SQL Site is after trying to find a piece of information on Windows XP.  All I wanted was a simple version comparison of the features between XP Home and Professional so I could provide a valid reference for the 5 inbound vs 10 inbound connection limits between the two respectively.  This however has proven next to impossible.  In an attempt to push Vista, the site for XP has been made utterly useless for finding information about XP, it all repoints to why you should Upgrade to Vista.  Try for yourself:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/default.mspx

If you try to get information about Features and benefits, note that the link points to the Windows XP sub-site, if you click it, you get routed to Make the Move to Windows Vista and Work Smarter.  It is almost impossible to get information on Windows XP, so much so that I gave up on finding the actual feature compare to rant about this ridiculousness in this blog post instead, not that it eased my aggravation any, but I certainly have a new found love for the fact that the SQL site for the most part maintains its content rather than pushing a failed release of the product line.

Published Monday, February 23, 2009 9:02 PM by Jonathan Kehayias
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GrumpyOldDBA said:

Actually I think the msdn site for SQL is pretty rubbish too - everything seems to be a bit Vista like, requiring too many clicks - try looking up federated servers and see how many parts there are - why on earth have so many subjects been split down into silly little parts - actually BOL is almost as bad.

PS I seem to recollect something like this happening fro W2K3 when I was trying to find the page which showed the memory and cpu limits for x64 for a client.

February 24, 2009 10:42 AM
 

Chuck Boyce said:

A friend of mine that works for Microsoft once gave me this tip:

1. use a search engine that rhymes with "oogle"

2. add this word to your search "msdn2"

ymmv, but it works like a charm for me every time...

February 24, 2009 4:39 PM
 

MikeMaven said:

The best way I've found to search for anything at Microsoft is by using the google hint  site:msdn.microsoft.com

February 25, 2009 7:02 AM
 

Ankit said:

Its frustrating to see that Microsoft's Quality day by day is going down the bar. I am a huge fan of MS prducts but of late even I find it so annoying when I cant find any useful information on MS products.

Dont start me on the "ribbon" thing in word 2007 that I hate with a passion.

March 4, 2009 12:39 AM
 

John said:

I use http://technet.microsoft.com. I found that it sometimes gets me the information that I cant find at msdn.

March 6, 2009 9:02 AM
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