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SQL Server ‘Denali’ CTP Gets Self Service BI Capabilities

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 15, 2011

Microsoft recently announced CTP 3 for SQL Server ‘Denali’, which boasts of improved BI capabilities like Self Service Alerting, Self Service Reporting, improved Office integration, SharePoint Shared Service, better VS Tooling for developers and more.

LocalDB: A Lightweight SQL Express for Developers

by Jenni Konrad on  Jul 14, 2011

LocalDB is a new version of SQL Express that offers many of the same features, but installs faster, has fewer prerequisites, and doesn’t require management of a database instance. It supports T-SQL, and uses the same client-side providers as other versions of SQL Server, but runs in-process, rather than as a service.

MVP Erland Explores SQL Server Performance Concepts

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 13, 2011

In "Slow in the Application, Fast in SSMS?", SQL Server MVP, Erland Sommarskog, explores the various things that affect Query Plan, compilation of Dynamic SQL and other things that ultimately affect your SQL Server Database Performance. He covers various concepts and scenarios like parameter sniffing, query plan caching, Blocking, saved settings, issues with linked servers and more.

Cloud-Based Server Management and Troubleshooting with System Center Advisor

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 30, 2011

Microsoft System Center Advisor is a new cloud-based service that analyzes installations of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 (and later versions). It tracks configuration changes and upgrades, and reports on potential issues due to missing security patches, incompatibilities, or deviations from best practices.

SQL Azure Database Scalability with Federations

by David Cooksey on  Jun 23, 2011

Cihan Biyikoglu introduced an upcoming feature for scalability in SQL Azure databases called Federations at Tech Ed 2011. Federations are objects inside the database which allow the data in their contained tables to be distributed across additional databases called federation members. Data can be re-distributed across Federation members at run-time.

SQL Server Denali: Microsoft Wants Your Feedback on Upgrade Paths and Supported Operating Systems

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 16, 2011

Microsoft posted the proposed list of SQL Server Code Name Denali upgrade paths and operating systems, and is soliciting feedback on their selections. Windows XP and 2003 are excluded, and versions of SQL Server may require service pack updates before a new Denali installation.

Visual Studio Database Development with SQL Server "Juneau"

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 09, 2011 3

SQL Server Development Tools (SSDT), codenamed "Juneau", provide a new Visual Studio-based development environment for SQL Server. Some of its features are already available in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, but SSDT includes some key new additions such as the close integration of Database and Application Projects.

Balanced Data Distributor: Improve SSIS Performance with Parallelism

by Jenni Konrad on  Jun 02, 2011 1

The Balanced Data Distributor is a multithreaded data flow transform tool for SQL Server Integration Services 2008. It's intended to improve performance in multi-core and multi-processor server environments by distributing data to multiple outputs.

SQL Server 2008 SP1 and Feature Pack CTP Bring New Features and Tools

by Abel Avram on  Apr 28, 2011

Microsoft has announced the availability for download of SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CTP, including all cumulative updates, and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Feature Pack CTP1, containing a number of stand alone tools adding more value to SQL Server 2008.

Column-based Storage in SQL Server 2011

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 07, 2011 4

Imagine ad hock data mining queries against a single table with 1 TB of data and 1.44 billion rows coming back in roughly a second. This is the scenario Microsoft intends to support using 32-core machines and their new column-based storage engine.

Partitioning and Sharding Options for SQL Server and SQL Azure

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 14, 2011 1

Horizontal partitioning and sharding are important tools for developers working with extremely large datasets. We take a brief look at what’s available in SQL Server and what’s coming down the road.

Migrating from MySQL/Access to SQL Server/Azure with SSMA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 17, 2010

Microsoft has released the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL 1.0, and has refreshed SSMA for Oracle v4.2, SSMA for Sybase v4.2, and SSMA for Access v4.2. These toolkits helps customers migrating their MySQL/Oracle/Sybase/Access databases to SQL Server and some even to SQL Azure.

Microsoft Answers “Top 10 Questions on Data”

by Abel Avram on  Jul 07, 2010 9

Microsoft has answered what they call “Top Ten Questions on Data”, explaining what has happened or it is going to happen to Oslo, ADO.NET Data Services, WCF, LINQ to SQL, T-SQL and other technologies.

SQL Server Express Shipping with Limited .NET 4.0 Support

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2010

A new build of Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008 Express has enabled some support for .NET 4.0. But with a large list of limitations one has to wonder what’s the point.

Visual Studio/SQL Server Reporting Services Continue to be Incompatible

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 22, 2010 1

Despite years of complaining from developers and the mockery of vendors such as IBM, Microsoft is continuing its policy of shipping components of Visual Studio that are incompatible with the current version SQL Server Reporting Services.

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