Dan's Blog

I am Principal Program Manager at Microsoft leading the Business Platform Division's (BPD) community team. BPD includes SQL Server, SQL Azure, BizTalk, AppFabric, and other technologies and services.

Vista Parental Controls Slows Down Zune Marketplace

I’m a huge fan of my Zune and the Zune Marketplace. I have a Zune and my two daughters do as well....

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 01/03/2009

What’s In Your Database?

How many different database objects are there? I don’t know the answer either but off the top of my...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 12/17/2008

Getting Started in the Community

As an under-grad student @ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, some 18 years ago, I first experienced the...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 12/07/2008

Register for the SQL Server Application and Multi-Server Management Private CTP!

As you probably heard, on Wednesday, November 19th, during Ted Kummert's keynote at the PASS Summit...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 12/04/2008

Application & Multi-Server Management

@ the SQL PASS Summit on 11/20 we announced our plans to release new capabilities for improving the...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/25/2008

Lost Network Connectivity on a Dell Precision 470 Running Vista

I ran into an interesting situation on my older Dell Precision 470 running Vista. For some reason a...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/23/2008

Scripting DBA Actions

Last Thursday morning @ the PASS Summit I participated in a panel discussion on automating DBA...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/23/2008

Lenovo Thinkpad X301

A few weeks ago I got a new laptop – a Lenovo x301. As is the case with all new machines it came...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/15/2008

Windows Live Writer Update

Back in July 2007 I started using Windows Live Writer as my exclusive blog writing tool. I’m not a...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/07/2008

Windows Live Mesh

I recently started using Windows Live Mesh to synchronize files between multiple machines. This...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/05/2008

SQL PASS Summit

SQL Pass is coming up this month, November 18-21 @ the Washington State Convention Center. You can...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 11/01/2008

SQL Server 2005 SP3 - Beta Now Available

The Beta of SQL2K5 SP3 is now available. You can download it here.

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 10/28/2008

www.sqlserverenergy.com

Check out the new SQL Server site!

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 10/26/2008

Addressing Compliance with SQL Server 2008

JC Cannon, Senior PM on the SQL Server team, presents this webcast where he explores some of the new...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 10/26/2008

SQLH2 on CodePlex

The SQL Server Health & History tool, also known as SQLH2, has been posted on CodePlex. You can...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 10/15/2008

SQL Server 2008 Books Online Update

The latest update to BOL is now available. The update is listed as August 2008 as that as the lock...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 09/30/2008

SQL Server 2008 Experience

I'm not super big on promoting marketing related stuff. But in this case I think there's a bunch of...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 09/30/2008

Blogapoluzza

The list of blogs run by the SQL Server product group keeps growing. Here I offer merely a snapshot...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 09/15/2008

Refreshing the IntelliSense Cache

There are cases where the local cache used by IntelliSense becomes stale. Refreshing the cache is...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 09/11/2008

SQL Server 2008 Webchat on Sept 23, 2008

The SQL Server Product Group is holding a Webchat on Sept 23 from 10 am to 12 noon PST to get...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 09/10/2008

OT: Announcing Baby Jones 3.0

Today (9/7/08) Lisa and I welcomed Elliott Edward Jones into the world. Elliott was born at 9:17 am...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 09/07/2008

PowerShell vs. T-SQL or Why Did We Add PowerShell Support in SQL2K8

The following write-up was originally an email I sent to Allan White (SQL Server MVP) in the context...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/29/2008

Where the Heck is DMO?

You've installed SQL Server 2008 on a clean machine and your vb script that uses DMO doesn't work....

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/28/2008

Inside The SQL Server 2008 Shiproom on RTM Day

The Edge folks (namely Joey Snow) sat in on the SQL Server 2008 shiproom on the day we RTM'd. You...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/25/2008

SQL2K8 Express with Advanced Services and Express with Tools Now Available

Two Express editions came on-line today. Express with Advanced Services and Express with Tools. You...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/22/2008

Now is the time for Connect!

Of course I'm referring to Microsoft Connect. Since we've released SQL2K8 we're now deep in the...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/22/2008

Microsoft Connect Resolution Reasons

In SQL Server we use Visual Studio Team System to track all of our work. There is a back-end...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/20/2008

Automating DBA Processes

This year @ TechEd I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Kevin Kline, Steve Jones, Buck...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/17/2008

Exploring New Releases

One of the things I like most about new releases of software products is exploring the new...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/16/2008

Installing SQL Server 2008

Our Customer Service and Support organization has a nice blog entry that discusses installing SQL...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 08/12/2008

TechEd North America Session Videos

In shameless self promotion the video of the talk I did on PowerShell and SQL Server has been posted...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 07/31/2008

Where The Heck is Activity Monitor?

You're sitting at your desk rocking out to great music, you've just installed Management Studio...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 07/10/2008

Technology for the "Masses"

I'm spending some vacation time with my family, my in-laws, and my wife's sister and her family....

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 07/02/2008

Launching Vanilla PowerShell from SSMS

One of the criticisms of our PowerShell implementation is the integration with Management Studio...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 07/01/2008

Guarding Against SQL Injection

Securing the database is only part of the security equation, a very important part, but still not...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/30/2008

The SQLPS Firestorm Part Duex

On the PowerShell team's blog Architect Jeffrey Snover addresses the recent firestorm on SQLPS. BTW:...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/24/2008

The SQLPS Firestorm

Within the PowerShell community there's a firestorm raging over SQLPS.exe our mini-shell that we're...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/19/2008

TechEd 2008 is Done!

I'm writing this on the plane from Orlando back to Seattle. I have lots of thoughts on TechEd that...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/13/2008

SQL Server 2008 RC0

RC0 (as in Release Candidate 0) of SQL Server 2008 has been released. You can access it here. In...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/10/2008

PowerShell Resources

  SQL Server Books Online PowerShell Overview SQL Server PowerShell Help SQL Server Learning...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/06/2008

The New SQL Server Branding

When it comes to branding and images I'm incredibly critical. IMHO or is that IMCO (In My Critical...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 06/04/2008

The Bleeding Edge

Every once in a while someone reminds that we on the SQL Server development team are truly on the...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 05/27/2008

Decent Overview of Policy-Based Management

This article is a decent overview of Policy-Based Management.

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 05/16/2008

Ergonomic != Simplistic

In a recent daily editorial, Steve Jones over at SQL Server Central, makes the point that database...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 04/28/2008

Oracle Warns of Critical DB Server Vulnerabilities

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Oracle-Warns-of-Critical-DB-Server-Vulnerabilities/ Excerpt: The...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 04/11/2008

Announcing the Policy-Based Management Blog

Today we launched a new blog dedicated to Policy-Based Management. Take a look and send us your...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 04/08/2008

SQL2K8 TAP Customers

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face with several TAP (Technical Adoption...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 04/05/2008

More PowerShell

Check out this blog entry for BgShell a new PowerShell host. I'm just amazed at the endless...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 03/29/2008

Policy History Table Exception Columns

I was recently asked what the exception_message and exception columns in the...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 03/29/2008

SQL2K8 Policy-Based Management Interview on TechNet

I recently sat down with Joey Snow over at TechNet to discuss Policy-Based Management. You can watch...

Author: Dan Jones MSFT Date: 03/25/2008

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