I had a pretty busy week, and did not come up with much. I know, I'm lame. I have a series of Connect items I'd like to file regarding AutoShrink, DBCC SHRINKDATABASE, and recovery models. And I also plan to put Unicode compression through more tests, and will file any issues I come across there. But between upgrading my machines to Snow Leopard, a birthday party and a data center move, this week was not the week for extra curricular bug filing.
Believing what sys.dm_exec_requests tells you
Fellow MVP Adam Machanic filed this issue a few weeks ago, regarding sys.dm_exec_requests and how the sql_handle can change behind the scenes while an index is being created (leading to invalid sys.dm_exec_sql_text results).
Management Studio's service status polling behavior
I am sure I remember controlling service status (Start/Stop/Pause/Resume/Restart) for remote servers from the server icons in Object Explorer (right-click) or Registered Servers (right-click > Service Control). I filed #418444 after 2008 SP1 came out, because I was positive the behavior had changed. I must have been going crazy, because Erland recently reminded me that this behavior requires Windows permissions (and since my servers are almost all in a remote domain, I could never have had them). Personally I think these icons should be better documented. But there are plenty of Connect items surrounding other facets of the polling behavior as well: