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  • Connect Digest : 2011-12-20

    Make SSMS start faster A couple of years ago, I blogged about some ways to make Management Studio start faster. With the latest builds of SQL Server 2012, it seems to be slower than ever, at least when starting SSMS for the first time after a reboot or install. So I've asked for them to do something in the background on Windows start-up ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on December 20, 2011
  • Want your bug fixed? File a good bug!

    In some circles I'm known as ''the Connect guy'' because I've filed a heck of a lot of suggestions and bugs that I've envisioned or encountered, and I'm often willing to file an issue on someone else's behalf. In other circles, for very much the same reasons, I'm probably known as ''that annoying Connect guy.'' On and off over the past few years, ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on September 20, 2011
  • Connect Digest : 2011-04-25

    I wanted to change it up a little this week. In every digest, I've pointed out a set of Connect items that I believe deserve more attention. What I fail to point out every week is the number of Connect items that actually get resolved with a fix. These are even less visible than the active requests, but I think they deserve some attention as well. ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on April 25, 2011
  • Have SSIS' differing type systems ever caused you problems?

    One thing that has always infuriated me about SSIS is the fact that every package has three different type systems; to give you an idea of what I am talking about consider the following: The SSIS dataflow's type system is made up of types called DT_*  (e.g. DT_STR, DT_I4) The SSIS variable type system is based on .Net datatypes (e.g. ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 14, 2011
  • A better way to search Connect

    I recently spotted a comment from Microsoft on a Connect item with 13 total up-votes.  The comment went something like, ''wow, due to the explosive response to this issue, we're going to deal with it right away.''  Okay, it wasn't that emphatic, it was actually: ''I've brought the MVP customer vote count to the attention of dev, and a ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on January 6, 2011
  • Newly closed Connect items auger well for SSIS in Denali

    Todd Mcdermid spoke recently on his blog post Integration Services vNext Coming Soon about how some recently closed Connect items had encouraged him as to the future of SSIS. Also, Matt Masson from the SSIS team has written a similarly encouraging blog post about some upcoming SSIS enhancements at Upcoming Product Changes. Now its my turn. Just ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on September 10, 2010
  • Be wary of using UNC paths in SSIS packages

    I have recently discovered what I believe to be a bug in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2008 and am taking the opportunity herein to warn about it so that nobody else gets stung by it. The bug concerns the use of Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) paths inside a .dtsx package (i.e. paths that start with a “\\”). I have managed to reproduce a ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on August 19, 2010
  • RSS feed for SQL Server Connect feedback

    Have you heard of Microsoft Connect? It is a Microsoft website dedicated to soliciting feedback about bugs and feature suggestions for their products and SQL Server has a dedicated space on that website at https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/. That much you probably knew. What you might not know is that the site provides an RSS feed ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on February 19, 2010
  • Extended Properties in Object Explorer Details – Vote on Connect

    After a discussion with a friend of mine, I’ve opened a suggestion on Connect to request to have Extended Properties visible in the main Object Explorer Details window. This will be especially useful for creating self-documenting database, since that window can easily provide additional information about, for example, column in a table or in a ...
    Posted to Davide Mauri (Weblog) by manowar on September 15, 2009
  • And sometime Connect works... slowly...

    Almost two years ago I wrote a post about the abuse of the ''it's by design'' answer Microsoft gives to many bugs. You know, I think that a bug in design produces the same results (if not worst) than a bug in implementation. I also had a long discussion about the reason why that specific issue should have considered a bug or not. But that's ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on March 16, 2009
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