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  • Latest SolidQ Journal Plus Giveaways

      You can find the latest edition of the SolidQ Journal here that is always good reading but if you register over the next 3 weeks you may be eligible for a prize including:  One $500 Amazon gift card and 5 $150 gift cards; books from Itzik Ben-Gan, Greg Low, and Erik Veerman/Jay Hackney/Dejan Sarka; and chats with MarkTab and Kevin ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 17, 2010
  • What permissions are required for SET IDENTITY_INSERT ON?

    SQL Server 2000's SET IDENTITY_INSERT ON topic says: Execute permissions default to the sysadmin fixed server role, and the db_owner and db_ddladmin fixed database roles, and the object owner. While the SET IDENTITY_INSERT topic for SQL Server 2005 (and up) says: User must own the object, or be a member ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on December 14, 2010
  • White Paper on Parallel Processing

      I just ran across what I think is a newly published white paper on parallel  processing in SQL Server 2008 R2. The date is October 2010 but this is the first time I have seen it so I am not 100% sure how new it really is. Maybe you have seen it already but if not I recommend taking a look. So far I haven’t had time to read it ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 10, 2010
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 System Views Map Poster

      The latest SQL Server 2008 R2 systems views map poster is available here: 2008 R2 Poster It’s available in a pdf or xps format so have fun with it.   Andy
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 8, 2010
  • SQL Server v.Next (Denali) : Books Online

    There are posts elsewhere that go through the whole rigamarole (for example, this post from Don Gill, SQL Server's Group Content Publishing Manager).  I just wanted to highlight the key bullet points: if you want to use Books Online locally, you will need to: install Books Online from Denali setup. Note that Management Studio is now ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on November 13, 2010
  • New Resource for Master Data Services Information

    (This post was contributed by Reagan Templin, Lead Technical Writer for the MDS Team) We’ve launched a new Web page on MSDN to consolidate information about Master Data Services (MDS) from many different sources: It is a portal to refer to, whether you’re just starting with MDS or are ...
    Posted to Master Data Services Team (Weblog) by mattande on August 19, 2010
  • Updates for Some 2008 Tools

    There have been a few releases over the last few days for some SQL Server 2008 tools that you may be interested in. The first one is the 2008 R2 Best Practices Analyzer found here: And the second one is the 2008 R2 ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on June 19, 2010
  • Updated Master Data Services Documentation and Resources

    (This post was contributed by Reagan Templin, Lead Technical Writer for the MDS Team) With the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, it’s a great time to check out the updated documentation and resources for the release, and for SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services (''MDS'') in particular. As you saw in the last post (New White Papers ...
    Posted to Master Data Services Team (Weblog) by mattande on April 21, 2010
  • New White Papers Available

    (This post was contributed by Reagan Templin, Lead Technical Writer for the MDS Team)  New SQL Server 2008 R2 Master Data Services (''MDS'') white papers are now available on MSDN. For an application-agnostic overview of master data management, see Organizational Approaches to Master Data Management. For the steps needed to configure ...
    Posted to Master Data Services Team (Weblog) by mattande on April 15, 2010
  • Some updates to SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU4 you may not have noticed

    Back on September 21/22, Microsoft released its most recent cumulative updates for SQL Server 2008.  For RTM, this was Cumulative Update #7 (10.00.1818), and for SP1, this was Cumulative Update #4 (10.00.2734). However, if you have requested the SP1 CU #4 hotfix download since November 4th, the download page has some new files up there, ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on November 8, 2009
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