Whitepapers, whitepapers and more whitepapers – where the heck are they???

OK, I’ve been complaining about finding resources – for a long time… AND, I’ve been complaining about how I can never tell if a whitepaper is on MSDN or on TechNet or on Microsoft.com or on x, y, or z. Well…….. finally, I’ve done something about it. I’ve *started* to put together (and verify) a […]

Next Generation User Group podcast ready for download

Last week while Paul and I were in the UK delivering a one day seminar on Crucial Database Maintenance Techniques, we met David McMahon from the Next Generation User Group. They’re doing some exciting things in the UK and even for the wider community – for example – podcasts. Paul and I were interviewed for […]

Sometimes life just happens… a sincere apology to the OpenWorld Attendees

This is a bit of a rare post for me as most of my posts are technical. I guess it’s a bit of a change in attitude, as a few things (from my personal life) have come to light recently. (and, I thank Richard and Carl for this :) :). Anyway, I’m sitting in Tokyo/Narita […]

I was ambushed…

Another great DotNetRocks interview has been completed. It’s Paul Randal‘s session on Disaster Recovery, DBCC, Index fragmentation (and defrag) and [unfortunately for me] a lot more. All I can say is that I was ambushed… thanks Richard   thanks Carl… Enjoy: http://www.dotnetrocks.com/default.aspx?showNum=217kt

Moving databases around – what are your options and across what versions?

I had a discussion earlier today (with Paul Randal) about many misconceptions that exist about upgrading databases and more importantly, about “downgrading” databases. Really, the issue is that I’ve heard people get frustrated when they find that things like backup/restore works FROM SQL 7.0/2000 TO SQL Server 2005 but not the other way around – […]

Instant Initialization – What, Why and How?

Instant Initialization is a new feature of SQL Server 2005 that is based on an NTFS feature that was added to Windows XP (and therefore is also available in Windows 2003 Server). It's a feature that's seemingly simple; it allows file allocation requests to skip zero initialization on creation. As a result, file allocation requests […]