Windows Update vs. Microsoft Update

If you are running any recent version of Windows (including Windows RT), you have Windows Update available as part of the operating system. If you so choose, you can also install Microsoft Update, which is a superset of Windows Update that will allow you to get updates for Microsoft Office, Windows Live, the .NET Framework, […]

Two Database Server Models Compared

If you have read my SQL Server Hardware book, or ever heard me do one of my hardware presentations, you have probably heard my exhortations to “Never let anyone talk you into reusing old hardware for a new version of SQL Server”.  This is especially true with SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition and its core-based […]

Task Manager Enhancements in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012, and it became “generally available” to customers on September 4, 2012. It is now being offered as an available server operating system from the Tier 1 hardware vendors, such as Dell, HP, IBM, etc. That means that you are likely to see new servers […]

Migrating to SQL Server 2012

On October 16, 2012, I had the opportunity to speak at the second meeting of the Northern Colorado Database Professionals (NOCODP) on September 17, in Loveland, CO. I presented a preview version of my PASS Summit 2012 session about how to migrate to SQL Server 2012. The abstract is below: Migrating to SQL Server 2012 […]

Speaking at SQLSaturday #145 in Nashville, TN on October 13

I will be travelling to Nashville, TN to speak at SQLSaturday #145 on October 13, 2012. I will be presenting Hardware 301: Diving Deeper into Database Hardware. Here is the abstract: Making the right hardware selection decisions is extremely important for database scalability. Having properly sized and configured hardware can both increase application performance and […]