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Support for SQL Server 2005 SP2 and SQL Server 2008 RTM ends soon!

Its the time again that you should re-visit your database platform to ensure none of the SQL instances fall within SQL Server 2005 Service Pack2 or SQL Server 2008 RTM editions! It is quite common scenario that few of Enterprises may not have gone to...
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Achieve SQL Server 2008 High Availability and Disaster Recovery - technical case study, SQLBits

How can you achieve the High Availability & Disaster Recovery on database platform? What are factors involved to keep the system available to maintain revenue stream? What kind of management principles you need to implement? Well there are lot more...

SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP to download and test the new features

It is a public news on the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 R2 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, including the general availability. So what's new with SQL Server 2008 R2? To find out that you need to...

SQL Server Upgrade issues - How to evaluate potential issues?

During the end of March 2009 I have presented a session " Upgrading To SQL Server 2005 & 2008: Notes & Best Practices" in SQLBits IV conference at Manchester. The session covered a brief tour on SQL Server Upgrade options, methodology...

Get and test SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, check release notes before proceeding!

In continuation to SQL_Server_2008-ServicePack1_CTP release information it is official that SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available. You can use these packages to upgrade any SQL Server 2008 edition. If you have been involved in SQL 2008...

Do you know how many tools are included in SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack?

Hmm, interesting to know when you have been asked about such a 'stupid' question! What is a Feature Pack? Feature Packs are a set of collection that are designed to enhance the managing/developing/designing the SQL Server 2008 usability along...

Error: SQL Server 2000 DTS Designer components are required to edit DTS packages. (Microsoft.SqlServer.DtsObjectExplorerUI)

The error message text (partial) on the subject will be familiar for the DTS/SSIS users in SQL Server. On the background of the issue is that when you attempt of open a DTS package for editing from SQL Server 2008 Client machine, I have seen questions...

January 2009 update for SQL Server 2008 Books Online aka BOL

Here comes another update that you need to concentrate, a newest update to the SQL Server 2008 Books OnLine. MSDN site specifically refers that the following categories have had new topics added or existing topics updated with significant changes in the...

Cumulative Update package 3 for SQL Server 2008, another instalment of hotfixes!

Here comes another instalment of Cumulative Update package 3 for SQL 2008 version and this contains hotfixes for the issues that have been fixed since the release of SQL Server 2008. As usual the Microsoft guidance refers that this is a supported cumulative...

SQL Server 2008 Policy Based Management - managing and troubleshooting policy failures

Policy Based Management (PBM) is an effective system for DBAs to manage one or more instances of SQL Server. Just to give a brief overview of what it consists, it consists 3 components: Policy management for Administrators to create policies Explicit...
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