Connect Digest : 2011-06-27

Sorry I have fallen off the Connect Digest wagon for the past few weeks; been a little swamped since returning from SQLCruise Alaska. Not sure I'll be able to assemble a digest every week, but I'll certainly try to keep a steady pace. This week I wanted to highlight a […]

Cumulative Update 8 for SQL Server 2008 R2 is available

Today the SQL Server Release Services team has published Cumulative Update #8 for SQL Server 2008 R2. The build number is 10.50.1797, there are 14 fixes showing on the KB article, and this update includes the security update from last week's Patch Tuesday. Important No, this patch is not […]

SQL Saturday : Too Many Cooks

On September 17th of this year, there could be as many as four SQL Saturdays. FOUR. What is wrong with this model, that we can't    Sponsors are going to have to choose.   Speakers are going to have to choose.   Attendees will lose out the most. 

A little on speaking and evaluations…

Buck Woody (blog | twitter) just published a great post on session evaluations, and a lot of his points hit home for me. The premise is that the evaluations are not really meant for the attendee or the event organizers, but so that the speaker can get better and make […]

Security updates for all supported versions of SQL Server

It's patch Tuesday! [UPDATE June 19 : Please see my follow-up post about this security update.]  Today Microsoft released a security bulletin covering several issues that could potentially affect SQL Server; these exploits include remote code execution, denial of service, information disclosure and elevation of privilege. You should test these […]

SQL Server v.Next (Denali) : OS compatibility & upgrade support

Microsoft's Manageability PPM Dan Jones has asked for our feedback on their proposed list of supported operating systems and upgrade paths for the next version of SQL Server. (See the original post). This has generated all kinds of spirited debates on twitter, in protected mailing lists, and in private e-mail. […]

[OT] : Tagged : SQL Dream Cars

Steve Jones (blog | twitter) posted an entry today called "SQL Dream Cars," where he talks briefly about 5 of the cars he would love to own. He then tagged a few of us to share our lists. Before I get to mine, I wanted to reflect a bit on […]

SQLCruise : What's New in Denali?

During SQLCruise Alaska last week, I was tasked with presenting "What's New in Denali?" If you've been following here, or paying attention to the SQL Rally, SQL Bits or SQL Saturday circuits, you'll know that I have given this talk before. My challenge this time around: make my 60-minute presentation […]