Euan Garden's BLOG

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When is a bug a bug and when is it an incomplete feature

Had a fascinating conversation with one of our partners today, the meeting was about how they should...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 04/21/2009

FAQ: SQL Server 2008 SP1 released, but how does the fix list relate to CU4 that was just released?

I have received a ton of private mail on this, hence rather than just pasting the same answer in I’m...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 04/14/2009

SQL Server 2008, Reportbuilder RTMs

Get it here

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 10/20/2008

High performance loading in SSIS for Oracle and Teradata

While SSIS has always been able to load SQL Server at high speed it doesn't use any of the high...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 10/05/2008

Slipstreaming SQL Server Updates/Service Packs in SQL 2008, almost

One of the most common asks for SQL Server related to servicing/patching (after uninstall of...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 09/30/2008

SQL Server 2008, Report Builder

Ok so not everything for SQL Server 2008 is available yet, Report Builder is going to have a lag,...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/25/2008

SQL Server Express 2008, Advanced Services and Tools now available

Get it here. That should not be all the pieces of SQL Server 2008 available.

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/25/2008

SQL Server 2008, Express Edition now available

Get it here. No tools or advanced services yet, but they will be here shortly. Good info on this...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/11/2008

SQL Server 2008: Why do all the Microsoft web sites still point at and talk about SQL Server 2005

In short there is a "rolling thunder" plan to both release bits and update all the sites. Yesterday...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/07/2008

SQL Server 2008 Installation Confusion, VS 2008 Sp1 and NetFx 3.5 Sp1

Ok lots of folks are confused and are having their installations bounced. There is some info in the...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/07/2008

SQL Server 2008 RTM

I'm forward dating this, but as you read this the bits should start becoming available. Congrats to...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/06/2008

SQL 2008: Technet/MSDN Subscriber? Download RC0 now

Details are here...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 06/07/2008

SQL Server has a logo again!

Read all about it here...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 06/05/2008

TDS Documentation

Somehow I managed to miss this one (thanks to Erland for the pointer). Folks have been asking for...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 05/31/2008

SQL 2008: How do I tell if a specific table is still being used in an app?

Ever had to take over the code for a system you did not define? Ever found the documentation for...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 05/28/2008

Unit Testing for Silverlight...

Jeff has a follow up post to the demos from Mix here. The silverlight unit test framework is based...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 03/20/2008

New Tools Features announced at Launch event

The SQL 2008, VS2008, Windows Sever 2008 launch event in the US happened this week. Dan Jones has...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 03/01/2008

SQL Server 2008 CTP's and "Leap Day"

Apparently there is an issue in the CTPs of SQL Server 2008 related to leap year. Although there is...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 02/29/2008

SQL Server 2008, Feb CTP - Get it while it is hot!

http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/prodinfo/download.mspx Update: While this...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 02/19/2008

If you were at Seattle Code Camp this morning and heard me mention the new WCF load testing work...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 01/27/2008

Confused by SQL Server Version Numbers?

Here is a nice picture of all the version numbers, now I still see a bunch of folks who are confused...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 01/24/2008

Rosario Nov CTP: Great Walkthrough of Planning and Executing Tests from one of our MVPs

I love our MVPs (most of the time <g>) I was about to sit down, after watching the Seahawks...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 12/09/2007

SQL Server 2008: Reporting Services no longer needs IIS?

Title says it all, but is this really a feature you can benefit from or is it some piece of random...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 12/05/2007

SQL Server Customer Advisory Team

I've talked about the SQLCAT team before and the great content they produce, you may have had a...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 12/05/2007

Playing with SQL 2008, long gestation features - Spatial Support

There are a bunch of features in SQL 2008 that have been on the ask list for a VERY long time. I...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 11/23/2007

Visual Studio Support for SQL 2008 Nov CTP

For those of you who remember the "fun" days of the Yukon + Whidbey dance you are likely trying to...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 11/21/2007

SQL Server 2008 November CTP/CTP 5 Arrives

Just got the following link from Connect; Looks like the first version of SQL 2008 Express is...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 11/19/2007

Compression: Whats the difference between SQL2005 and SQL2008?

Looks like some folks are confused about the functionality and differences so let me try and explain...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 11/07/2007

Getting to know SQL Server 2008: Training, WebCasts and Virtual Labs

(Updated, fixed broken links mangled by Live Writer) Thanks to Francois here is a bunch of info on...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 11/06/2007

SSMS - How do I toggle the bottom pane that appears after I run a query?

CTRL - R

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 10/10/2007

A little Database/Developer Humour

Is it good or bad that we have cartoons about SQL Injection related problems? http://xkcd.com/327/...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 10/10/2007

Forcing Termination of User SQL Sessions so I can "DROP DATABASE"

Once again from the internal dbtalk alias. The person in question recreated their database from...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 10/03/2007

SSMS Window Animation Speed

Great little tidbit from the forums here, if you want to change the speed of animation of the fly...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 10/01/2007

Data Dude Power Tools V1 Available

Stealing shamelessly from the mail Gert sent internally, I'm downloading now... The Power Tools...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/13/2007

SQL Server 2008 July CTP - Web Casts and Chat

Just got this from connect, looks like a good bunch of info coming; We wanted to remind you that our...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/11/2007

Cool uses of BI: Reporting@Home

Dan Fay from the eScience Team(I did not even know we had one of those) has found a great WP from...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/03/2007

Visual Studio Team System Codename "Rosario" Aug CTP, is now live

Jeff Beehler sent the big mail, long blog post with lots of screen shots to follow over the weekend....

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 08/03/2007

SQL Server 2008 - July CTP Available

Nothing quite like cutting it fine on the naming still being valid :-) Get all the info and...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/31/2007

Rosario: Next Generation of Team Test (almost) out in the wild - Rosario Aug CTP

Brian let the cat out of the bag earlier today, then Doug confirmed it. The project I came over to...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/25/2007

Service Release of Data Dude now out

Gert has all the details.

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/25/2007

Launch Date <> (or != if you prefer) RTM Date

At the World Wide Partner Conference (WWPC) this week Kevin Turner announced a launch date for the...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/11/2007

SQL Server Database Engine based Reporting and Analytics

(If you don't want to read the blurb just download) The SQL Team has had a long flirtation with...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/05/2007

July SQL 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

This sneaked out, it does not say CTP so are we to presume this is a production version? UPDATE:...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/04/2007

1 Week countdown for SQL Server 2000 SP3a

Matthias has the details here about when support will run out for that SP.

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 07/04/2007

SQL Server 2008 Web Casts

There are web casts on the key new features in SQL Server 2008 coming, here the schedule is below...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 06/04/2007

SQL Server 2008(formerly codename "Katmai") Public CTP now available

You can get the CTP here and Dave Campbell did/is doing a web cast here. Enjoy, however remember one...

Author: Euan Garden - MSFT Date: 06/04/2007

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