The User_Defined_Functions.exe file contains the User-Defined Functions white paper. The User-Defined functions white paper outlines the characteristics of the new user-defined function (UDF) feature that is introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2000. The white paper also summarizes how you can create your own Transact-SQL functions to extend the programmability of Transact-SQL.
Amir Netz is one of the true OLAP and SQL Server gurus at Microsoft. If you ever get the chance to see him speak, go. This is one of his articles examining OLAP services.
In an online transaction processing (OLTP) environment, the connection affinity mask option may provide performance enhancement in high-end, enterprise-level SQL Server environments that are running on computers with 16 or more CPUs. In particular, this option is useful when there are a significant number of network interactions (more than 10,000 per second) between the middle-tier application servers and the back-end SQL Server system.
Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 allows you to restore transactional replication databases without reinitializing subscriptions or disabling and reconfiguring publishing and distribution. You can set up replication to work with log shipping, enabling you to use a warm standby server without reconfiguring replication.
What if you need to convert an existing Microsoft Access 97 database application into a true client-server application that is based on a SQL Server back end? If you know a little about Visual Basic and SQL Server, it's easy to make your app take advantage of the power and scalability provided by SQL Server 7.0.