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  • 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: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/ff943581.aspx. 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: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2010/06/19/sql-server-2008-r2-best-practices-analyzer-is-now-available.aspx 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
  • Trace Flag Groupings

    I just saw a news group post by Paul Randal in which he explained how trace flags were grouped into certain categories and thought others may find this interesting as well. Please note that Paul stated that these are from memory so they may not be 100% accurate or complete.   Trace flags are grouped by area of SQL Server - the first two ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on June 21, 2009
  • Checkpoint – Four pillars down, Three to Go

    With the previous post on the fourth pillar, I have reached the “end” of the design posts.  To review, these were: Coherent – cohesive, comprehendible, standards based, names/datatypes all make sense, needs little documentation Normal – normalized as much as possible without harming usability/performance (based on testing) ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on May 14, 2009
  • The fourth pillar – Documented

    This blog probably won’t stir up a hornet’s nest or anything, but I would also expect that it would be the least popular in practice. The person who feels they can disagree with the need for a reasonable amount of documentation is probably nuts. In the first post, I defined documented as “Anything that cannot be gathered from the previous four is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on April 15, 2009
  • Did You Know? A New SQL Server 2008 Books Online Update is Available

    When I searched for ''sql server 2008 books online update'', the first non-advertising hit I got was labeled August 2008, and I already have a Books Online download for August.     However, when I clicked on the link I was taken to a page to download a brand new January 2009 Update::     So here's the ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on February 2, 2009
  • What time do you have?

    The way in which SQL Server has treated Time has been a very misunderstood subject for as long as I can remember. The largest part of that was the fact that SQL Server was only accurate to 3.33ms. I would like to point you to an excellent article on this and other details surrounding Datetime in SQL Server by Tibor Karaszi found here:  ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 20, 2008
  • Did You Know? You can search the web-only Books Online

    You might be aware (from other bloggers on this site) that there is a new web-only Books Online for SQL Server 2008 available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239407.aspx.  Like Tibor, I prefer a downloadable BOL, partly because I do a lot of research and writing while traveling and I don't always have an internet connection, ...
    Posted to Kalen Delaney (Weblog) by Kalen Delaney on November 11, 2008
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