Well, Friday brought another flood of great questions from everyone as we moved our way through many of the new 2005 tools. The one thing that I really wanted to stress was that *many* SQL Server 2005 tools (SQLCMD, SSMS and SQL Profiler) offer important features that can be leveraged today, even if your primary production servers are still SQL Server 2000. I did move through the tools quickly and showed quite a few new features; there are a lot of excellent resources to help you dive in deeper now that you're interested, ready and know some of the rewards of starting now. Here are a few of those resources:

For deleting old database backup history, there are a couple of stored procedures in msdb that can be used:

  • sp_delete_backup_and_restore_history
  • sp_delete_backuphistory
  • sp_delete_database_backuphistory

For cycling errorlogs, use: sp_cycle_errorlog.

And – lots of other questions that I primarily answered online in the last 40+ minutes. We had a great group and I hope everyone had fun. For the second half+ of the series we're going to focus on architectures and solutions – mostly related to disaster recovery and avoidance. However, the next part of the series is going to branch into a new (and *very* interesting) area of SQL Server 2005 – Service Broker. There are many impacts of Service Broker on the SQL Server system AND you might find a few applications of the technology within your own application as well. Have a great time with Bob for part 6 and I'll be back for part 7 next Friday.

See you soon!