Monthly Archive: January 2009

[OT] : my "nightmare of the day" on the network

[OT] : my "nightmare of the day" on the network

So as some of you know I use a Mac Pro at home, and spend most of my time in Mac OS X.  (I have VMs with Windows Server 2008 for SQL Server and...

An open letter to unsatisfied users on the newsgroups

An open letter to unsatisfied users on the newsgroups

Look, I know you are trying to use technology you don't quite understand, and you want someone to flip a magic switch and make it just work… so you don't actually have to read...

SQL Server 2008 System Views poster is now available for download!

SQL Server 2008 System Views poster is now available for download!

If you don't subscribe to SQL Server Magazine (or didn't pick up the specific issue some other way), you've been missing out… you don't yet have the SQL Server 2008 System Views poster.  Well,...

SQL Server 2005 Express SP3 might already be on your system

SQL Server 2005 Express SP3 might already be on your system

Early reports indicate that some users running Express <= SP2 are getting SP3 for Express pushed to their system automatically as an important update, rather than recommended, which means that some users are getting...

SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now available on Windows Update

SQL Server 2005 SP3 is now available on Windows Update

Chris Wood let me know that the update is now being pushed through Windows Update / Microsoft Update.  Here is a screen shot Chris provided:  

New England Data Camp v1.0 : Resource Governor slide deck & demo files

New England Data Camp v1.0 : Resource Governor slide deck & demo files

I gave a talk at the New England Data Camp v1.0 yesterday, describing the Resource Governor in SQL Server 2008 : why you want it, how it works, some best practices and common pitfalls. ...

SQL Server 2008 Cumulative Update 3 is available

SQL Server 2008 Cumulative Update 3 is available

Cumulative Update Package 3 has been made available in KB #960484.  This will bring your SQL Server 2008 instance(s) up to build 10.0.1787.0. The most interesting fix for me was the one mentioned in...

My latest SP3 experiences – two thumbs acting like divining rods

My latest SP3 experiences – two thumbs acting like divining rods

So recently I have been charged with updating several SQL Server 2005 clusters from SP2 + GDR to SP3.  My experiences have been relatively good but the past few have been downright horrible.  I...

Linking data to user experience

Linking data to user experience

Why are companies so bad at leveraging the data they have at their fingertips in providing a positive user experience?  I am never surprised anymore when I call customer service or tech support for...

The wonder that is twitter…

The wonder that is twitter…

When I first heard about Twitter, I thought, "ooh, there's another great fad that will die out in a couple of weeks."  I was mainly turned off because it just seemed like sending SMS...

Configure your Red Gate SQL Backup log folder

Configure your Red Gate SQL Backup log folder

I stumbled across an interesting problem today.  One of our production clusters was starting to run out of space on the C:\.  I went in and expected to find the usual suspects: $kbuninstall$ folders...