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April 21, 2010  3:09 PM

SQL Server 2008 R2 has been Released to Manufacturing



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Powerpivot, SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 R2, SSRS

Microsoft's new database platform SQL Server 2008 R2 has gone RTM.  This means that the code has been locked, and shipped to the DVD pressing company so that they can begin pressing the DVDs. For those looking on MSDN or TechNet to download the RTM version, hold off.  The final version will be...

April 19, 2010  11:00 AM

Hey sysadmins, powerpivot is coming, and it’ll take a lot of disk space.



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Powerpivot, SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 R2, Storage

So if you haven't heard of PowerPivot yet, it's going to be the next best thing to sliced bread for your business users.  While it'll take a while for most IT shops to get the full Sharepoint & PowerPivot integration setup, PowerPivot will be available to your users within the next few weeks...


April 12, 2010  9:00 AM

Man, I really hope this is my last post about plagiarism.



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Plagiarism, Sean McCown, SQL Server 2008, Twitter

So there have been a lot of talk recently about plagiarism in our little corner of the Internet.   If you haven't read up on it you can read up here,


April 5, 2010  12:00 PM

Events, events, events. When the hell am I suposed to get work done?



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Back To Basics, In Person Events, Plagiarism, Sean McCown, SQL Server, SSWUG

This week I've got a few speaking events to let everyone know about. On Tuesday April 6th, at 6pm I'll be speaking to the LA C# User Group.  The meeting is held at the Manhattan Beach Library at 1320 Highland Ave in Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.  The group...


April 1, 2010  11:00 AM

Getting started with Master Data Services in SQL Server 2008 R2



Posted by: Denny Cherry
SearchSQLServer.com, SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 R2

A couple of days ago a new article went live over on SearchSQLServer.com where I dig into setting up Master Data Services.  This is the first in a series of articles which will be either 2 or 3 articles long where I'm going into MDS in some...


March 29, 2010  11:00 AM

So I was installing SQL 2008 CU6 for SP1 the other day…



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Installation, SQL Server, SQL Server 2008

God that sounds boring doesn't it. Anyway, I was installing SQL 2008 CU 6 for SP 1 the other day and I was greeted with the dreaded "some process is running which will cause your SQL Server to reboot after install" screen.  The app which was running was fshost.exe which is part of the Full Text...


March 25, 2010  11:00 AM

Using Service Broker instead of Replication



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Replication, Service Broker, SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2

During my SQL Service Broker sessions I talk about using SQL Service Broker as a replacement for SQL Replication.  But I've never really documented how to do this other than bits and pieces here and there.  So here I'm going to try and spell out how I put a system like this together for an auto...


March 22, 2010  8:13 PM

Giving your Virtual SQL Server direct access to your Storage Array



Posted by: Denny Cherry
Raw Device Mapping, SQL Server, VMware

The biggest performance issue when virtualizing your SQL Server is storage.  One way to fix this is to present storage directly to the virtual machine instead of placing the virtual machines storage within a virtual disk.  In VMware this is done by using a Raw Device Mapping. In a nut shell...


March 22, 2010  11:00 AM

SQL Saturday 44 is coming up quickly (#sqlsat44)



Posted by: Denny Cherry
In Person Events, SQL PASS, SQL Saturday

Coming up in April (the 24th to be specific) is SQL Saturday 44, the first SQL Saturday event here in Southern California.  The event will be held in Huntington Beach at Golden West...

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March 16, 2010  4:19 AM

EMC and NetApp are having a little fun with each other to help cure cancer



Posted by: Denny Cherry
EMC, NetApp, SQL Server

I read this on the net tonight and thought it was an awesome idea.

A friend and colleague at NetApp let me know they were doing a drive for St. Baldricks – a campaign...


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