Monthly Archives: February 2008

Good Times, Bad Times

You know SQL Server 2008 has its share… First, the bad news – Microsoft has made the following statement related to a bug in pre-release builds of SQL Server 2008 that prevent the SQL Server service from starting (or being … Continue reading

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My Inspiration

Believe it or not, one of the questions I was asked quite a few times yesterday in Los Angeles was "Which Manowar album should I listen to first?" No, I’m not making this up. As part of the "hero" nomination … Continue reading

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My Hero!

The big Heroes Happen {Here} launch event is over. I can’t believe what a great time I had yesterday (well, yesterday compared to when I wrote this, but not compared to when I’ll be able to post it, I’m sure) … Continue reading

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Los Angeles, Here I Come!

As you probably know, tomorrow is the date of the big Heroes Happen {Here} Launch Event in Los Angeles, California. Microsoft is "launching"[1] SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008 in what (according to Microsoft PR, anyway) … Continue reading

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Sorting and Metadata

A recent post to the SSIS Forums on MSDN made me realize how un-intuitive it can sometimes be to get sorted data in an SSIS data flow. Let’s review the obvious facts: When you query data from a relational database … Continue reading

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Dynamic Flat File Destinations

A recent post on the SSIS forums on MSDN has inspired me to finally post my first technical blog post of the year. Here’s the basic scenario: A source system has multiple departments For each department there are multiple employees … Continue reading

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Join Me In Orlando for TechEd: IT Professionals

Although you probably can’t tell from the state of my blog (I don’t think I have posted a truly technical post so far this year) I’ve been awfully busy lately, and it looks like 2008 is going to only get … Continue reading

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SSIS Deep Dive at the MCT Summit in Redmond

I know that this is not a lot of notice, but if you’re in Redmond for the MCT Summit event, I will be delivering a bonus SQL Server Integration Services “Deep Dive” session at the end of the day in … Continue reading

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Two Down, One to Go

Microsoft today announced the release to manufacturing of Windows Server 2008[1], which means that of the three products being "launched" at the end of the month are actually done. Only SQL Server 2008 remains. Of course, this news is all … Continue reading

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Under the Line

I’m working this week with a brand new install of Windows Vista (which is another painful story which we won’t get into today) and have been reminded of one of the things that drives me crazy about the Vista UI: … Continue reading

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