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  • Updated Support Policy for SQL Server on VMs

    As virtualization grows stronger in the marketplace, the question of SQL Server performance and support on Virtual Machines appears more often.  Bob Ward has a great post here.  Enjoy!
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on October 8, 2008
  • This past Tuesday Night at the Triad SSUG

    This past Tuesday, I was finally able to attend my local user group meeting.  My travel schedule never seemed to match up with the meeting dates this year.  It was good to see old friends and meet new faces.  John Welch, SQL Server MVP, from Mariner presented on SSRS 2008.  The audience had some good questions which made for a ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 18, 2008
  • Recent Mags

    I get several more ''generic'' IT mags sent to my home.  I usually get them in an attempt to keep up with what is going on in the outside world.  Typically, I look at the lead story and find a nugget or two in the rest. In my recent issue of TechNet magazine, the cover story is on how to Tune up your database by Paul Randall.  He ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 28, 2008
  • 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
  • Risky Business

    Whenever I do a webcast or presentation, I always ask the audience to indicate where their organization is in relation to running SQL Server 2000 or running SQL 2005.  Recently, in an audience of about 40 people, more than half of the audience still had more than 50% of their production servers running SQL Server 2000.  One of the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on June 24, 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 - DB Snapshots & Backups of Snapshots

    Again, I wanted to blog about something that still does not change between 2005 and 2008. At a recent conference, there were some great questions/ideas that should make it to Connect if they haven't already. When DB Snapshots were first introduced, one of the questions that I always heard was ''Can I perform a Backup on the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on May 7, 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
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