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  • New Servicing Model for SQL Server

      Microsoft just announced a new serving model for SQL Server starting with SQL 2017. The link below goes into much more detail so I won’t duplicate that here. However in a nutshell this means that there will be no more service packs, only CU’s (Cumulative Updates) and GDR’s (General Distribution Release).  A GDR contains only security ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 29, 2017
  • SSMS 17.2 is now available

      The newest version of SQL Server Management Studio is now available for download. Lots of new features and fixes. The details and download links can be found here. Happy managing, Andy Kelly
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on August 7, 2017
  • SQL Updates Newsletter – July 2017

        SQL Updates Newsletter – July 2017 It has been a few months since my last post on these but here is the latest update about the monthly newsletter that a good friend of mine (Fany Carolina Vargas) from Microsoft puts together each month. This shows a whole host of goodies related to SQL Server which include but are not limited to ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on August 6, 2017
  • SQL Updates Newsletter–May 2017

      I missed posting the last few months of these but here is the latest update about the monthly newsletter that a good friend of mine (Fany Carolina Vargas) from Microsoft puts together each month. This shows a whole host of goodies related to SQL Server which include but are not limited to the following: Recent Releases and ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on June 1, 2017
  • Latest SQL Server 2014 CU Updates

      Microsoft released a few more Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2014 as listed below. There are a number of interesting fixes so I highly recommend if you have SQL Server 2014 to take a look at the list of hotfixes included in each update. SQL 2014 SP1 CU11 SQL 2014 SP2 CU4 Happy patching, Andy
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on February 22, 2017
  • SQL Updates Newsletter – January 2017

      Here is the latest update about the monthly newsletter that a good friend of mine (Fany Carolina Vargas) from Microsoft puts together each month which shows a whole host of goodies related to SQL Server which include but are not limited to the following: Recent Releases and Announcements Recent White Papers, E-Books, Training and ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on February 1, 2017
  • Latest SQL Server Updates

      There are some new updates for SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2016 that were released today. I am not sure what happened to SQL 2014 but I suspect those will be out shortly as well. Here are the links and the associated KB’s. SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 CU16 – KB3205054 SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 CU7   – KB3205051 SQL ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on January 18, 2017
  • SQL Updates Newsletter – November 2016

      This is a friendly reminder about a monthly newsletter that a good friend of mine (Fany Carolina Vargas) from Microsoft puts together each month which shows a whole host of goodies related to SQL Server which include but are not limited to the following: Recent Releases and Announcements Recent White Papers, E-Books, Training and ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 1, 2016
  • SQL 2016 CU2 is now Available

      Microsoft just announced that Cumulative Update 2 for SQL Server 2016 is now available for download here. There are a number of fixes including one I have been looking forward to regarding the Query Store. See here for more details on that one. But overall it appears this is an update you should seriously consider if you are running QSL ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on September 22, 2016
  • 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
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