Many DBAs need to work with multiple platforms. New author Jagan Kumar brings us an article that helps to explain Oracle's architecture for those people used to working with SQL Server.
Face it, you never intended to become a SQL Server expert, but the proliferation of this database engine – and its many editions – requires somebody to feed and care for it. You're the "Microsoft Guy" (or Gal), so whether you wanted to be or not, you were elected. This series of articles is all about making you more effective with SQL Server as an administrator, not a programmer.
Learn about the benefits of SQL Server 2008 consolidation on Windows 2008, with details on the different consolidation strategies available to organizations.
I'm continually trying to track down what service packs are installed on various SQL Servers I support. I can never find the right support page on Microsoft's site. So here's an article with all the SQL Server version information I can track down. If you know of any older versions or can help me fill out any missing data, please post in the comments and I'll update the article.