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  • It's Q3 - where is SQL Server 2008?

    Microsoft has publicly stated that SQL Server 2008 will RTM in Q3.  It is Quarter 3 now.  Where is it?  :-) I'm sure that the final touches will now get taken care of now that Bill Gates is no longer a full-time MSFT employee.  I'm sure that his ''short-timer'' attitude trickled down to the develpers working on the product and ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 3, 2008
  • Are You Ready for SQL Server 2005? Use Upgrade Advisor for 2008!

    If you have systems that are still on SQL Server 2000 and that you are preparing for SQL Server 2005, run the Upgrade Avisor for SQL Server 2008 as well.  So, while you are under the hood of your database and app getting it ready for 2005, get it ready for 2008 too.  There are a lot of new features in 2008, but nothing that was taken ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on June 11, 2008
  • Some things don't change - Partitioning

    After spending the past couple of weeks at the MVP Summit in Seattle and at SQL Connections in Orlando, I thought I should blog about things that do not change in 2008 (at least partially). One of the reason s to partition your tables is to make it more managable.  Although there has been some enhancements in the manner that partitions are ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on April 27, 2008
  • Filtered Indexes

    In SQL Server 2008, you can have what is called a ''Filtered Index''.  What does this mean?  An index may be created for a subset of rows in your table.  For instance you could create a filtered index for a ''state'' column if the value is ''CA'' for California; the rest of the states would not have a value.  When you create ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on March 18, 2008
  • Happy Launch Day!

    It's Official, today! We have a party for SQL Server 2008 in LA!  The product may not be shipping, but that won't stop us from having our party. Seriously, Today marks the beginning of a more useful Launch than the 2005 launch.  What am I saying?  The Launch Events will probably be more educational for you this time around because ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on February 27, 2008
  • 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
  • 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
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