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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
  • The Dark Sides of Consolidation

    Consolidation, as it applies to databases, is simply putting more databases or SQL Server Instances on less hardware. This is a good thing, normally, because it allows you to save on hardware costs and use what you have at it’s highest capacity. It also saves on energy costs, floor and rack space, and in some cases even licensing and ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 10, 2009
  • SQL Server Best Practices: Protect CmdExec

    In SQL Server, there are times that you need to do things in the operating system, and to allow that there is a feature called CmdExec. This is not always a good thing –whenever you leave the confines of SQL Server and go out to the operating system, you can cause issues, not the least of which are security-related. This best practice is ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 3, 2009
  • After the Upgrade, it runs differently…

    I got a question yesterday in the mail that I thought I would just answer here in a broad context. While I can’t troubleshoot or do performance tuning from a distance, there are some interesting concepts and suggestions this e-mail brings up: “I have recently seen a change from SQL Server from 2005 to 2008 in where it handles CASE statements ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 1, 2009
  • 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
  • Connect Digest : 2009-08-22

    I rounded up a few interesting items this week. Does ''1/10/1900'' mean January 10th, or October 1st? This item demonstrates that Microsoft isn't all that concerned about publishing sample code that uses ambiguous or troublesome formats for date literals.  Initially the Books Online topics mentioned in the item used ''1/10/1900'' as a ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on August 21, 2009
  • Connect digest : 2009-08-09

    Sorry, I've been trying to keep this to a regular Saturday installment, but it was a beautiful weekend here and I just couldn't pass up on non-computer-related activities.  I have a short list of Connect items to draw your attention to this week. =============================================== Setup messes with authentication mode I was ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on August 9, 2009
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