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  • 3 More Weeks 'til Launch!

    3 weeks from today, the launch party for SQl Serve 2008 will be on!  If you are in Southern California, you will be in the ''happening'' spot.  Enjoy! Why have a launch without the release of the product?  SQL Server 2008 is more of an incremental release.  There are some great new features in the product, but the bulk of the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on February 6, 2008
  • Get Ready for SQL Server 2008!

    On Jan. 24, there is a FREE virtual conference focused on SQL Server 2008.  This is not just a webcast that you can view online.  The sessions are scheduled at specific times with Live Q&A following the session from the speakers.  Grab one of your SQL buddies and sign-up to attend virtually on Jan. 24! Register Here: ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on January 19, 2008
  • Try out SQL 2008 without downloading it!

      In case you have not heard yet.......   SQL Server 2008 CTP5 Beta Now Available for Free in a Secure Hosted Environment! PASS, MaximumASP, Dell and Intel have partnered to offer this advance preview... Try out real-world data online in a secure, hosted environment - you don't have to download or install a thing - and your feedback ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on January 9, 2008
  • No More HCL - in 2008

    The old Hardware Compatibility List which was renamed the ''Windows Catalog'' is no more.  When creating a Clustered Solution, you need to have a system that is Certified for clustering or there will be no official support.  This has been a point of pain in the past as organizations purchased a clustered solution and then one of the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on December 19, 2007
  • Connect needs an "Ignored" status

    The SQL team seems to have been quite busy recently, commenting on and closing out many bugs and suggestions that have been raised, I suppose as they close out work on the SQL Server 2008 codebase. Some (like Buck Woody and Bill Ramos, among others) have been very good about commenting that while they can't address the issue(s) for SQL Server ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on December 13, 2007
  • Registered Servers become more useful

    In playing with the latest CTP for SQL Server 2008, I stumbled across some new context menu items for a server group node in Registered Servers.  You can now right-click a group node and choose options such as ''New Query'' or ''Object Explorer.''  When I first saw the items in the list, I thought it was some kind of bug, because how can ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on December 6, 2007
  • Compression in DB Mirroring

    When you start to look at SQL Server 2008, there is a sub-theme of using compression to help drive performance and usefulness.  When I hear the word compression, my first thought is ''No - I remember Stacker''.  How many years ago was that obscure reference?  Too many...  Stacker was a third party product for MS-DOS which ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on November 20, 2007
  • November CTP (CTP5) is now publicly available!

    What are you waiting for?  Go get it!http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3BF4C5CA-B905-4EBC-8901-1D4C1D1DA884 Why are you still reading this? 
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on November 19, 2007
  • November CTP : Initial impressions of SSMS changes

    [Updates below in BOLD.]On loading SSMS for the first time, I noticed a few things.  First of all, the row(s) affected message is now prefixed with information on the instance and login relevant to the query execution: As illustrated in the graphic, this information is already available in the status bar.  Why are they spoon-feeding ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on November 18, 2007
  • Seemless Upgrade or "seem" less like an upgrade

    Last week at the PASS Community Summit, I was so busy that I did not get a chance to blog about anything.  Looking back, I had a great time and learned a few things.  In one of the keynotes, I heard MSFT say that the upgrade experience from 2005 to 2008 would be seemless.  When I repeated this information to a few other MSFT folks, ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 26, 2007
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