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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Archives: July 2007

What is BI?

I actually started writing an article on this, but it's been sidetracked with travel and other stuff. However I do mean to get back to it at some point.

In the meantime, Jamie Thomson went ahead and wrote a nice entry on Business Intelligence, what is it and what is…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 July 2007

More Navigation

I've looked at the daily newsletter for a year now and I've wondered about the table of contents. It seems so small and plain that I've been wanting to change it, but I wasn't sure what made sense. Then earlier this week someone suggested reordering the "Users that need help"…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 July 2007


Quite a few complaints on the QOD section from last week, mostly justified. A couple I had to defend, which is always tough. I have a fairly thick skin on the editorials, but for some reason the QODs tend to annoy me more and I get defensive. So I need…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 July 2007

Beta Testing

I'm not big on beta testing, or at least haven't been for a number of years because I can't afford the instability. VPC has helped and I actually loaded up SS2K8 to do some early looking awhile back, but for the most part I'm not into testing other people's unpolished…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 July 2007

The Business of Software

It's interesting being at a software company, especially one that's building on another platform. I've never done this before, having worked for companies outside technology building their own platforms and then JD Edwards, building software, but their own platform for companies to use. Red Gate, of which I sort of…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 July 2007

Upgrade or Wait

Lots of debate and disagreement on my recommendation to wait for SQL Server 2008 instead of upgrading to SQL Server 2005 now. What's funny is that I wrote the recommendation a few weeks ago and the day before I scheduled it to release, MS announced a Feb date for 2008.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 July 2007

SQL Server 2008

Just when I was about to start a pool for the release date, Microsoft announced today it will release on Feb 27, 2008.

With only one CTP out there, and numerous changes I heard about at TechEd that haven't been included, they must be fairly close to getting this thing…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 July 2007

The Business of Publishing

Despite my casual approach to the editorials and my job, this is still something of a business and Red Gate wants to find ways to engage people more. During a discussion today, everything was out there: pidcasts, videocasts, RSS feeds, and more.

Not sure where this will go, but the…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 July 2007

Service Packs and Support

More coming next week in editorials and already a note on the site, but support for both SQL Server 2000 SP3a and SQL Server 2005 RTM ends on Tuesday.

What does this mean? Well when support ends, at least mainstream support, you can't make free calls on it. So if…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 July 2007

The Video World

I wonder what you think of this: video shorts. I've gottne the Lockergnome newsletters for years and they've proven interesting enough for me to skim them every few days. I noticed Chris had started videos when I was checking the podcast list on iTunes and these seem kind of…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 July 2007


One of the suggestions I saw today was to add blogs to the user profile on the site and not just email and IM. I think it's a great suggestion, but unfortunately I'm in a lockdown for the most part. The new site beta should come out next week and…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 July 2007

The Journey to Katmai

I wrote an article recently on the Journey To Katmai, looking at some of the new features that are coming in SQL Server 2008. I've actually got a second part almost done, so I'm trying to learn more about this next version of the platform to finish it. From what…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 July 2007

Working Remotely

Most people I know tend to work in one of two places consistently: work or home. So they've built a setup that allows them to comfortably get things done in either location.

I'm not so different in that I work at my desk downstairs most of the time during the…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 July 2007


This is pretty cool, a, earthquake test for Project Black Box from Sun. They take one of their systems to a University in CA that has a platform that can simulate an earthquake. It fares pretty well, and I think this is an interesting model. I think lots of facilities…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 1 July 2007