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SQL server 2008 Service Pack 2 available for download

As promised SQL Server release services has done it again, a great job in releasing SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 . Continung from SQL-2008-CU10 blog post here, it is recommended (I say MUST) to go through the SP2 release notes the download link confirms...

SQL Server Setup Portal - a preview and planning of what you are about to setup?

There is a myth (rather a wrong impression) in database world that SQL Server setup is pretty easy, what you do is insert setup-media into drive and click next....next.....next, well it is not!!! .... read here ...

SQL Server Upgrade - don't forget the Collation issues?

Whenever any user (forum or usergroup) asks me about Upgrade gotchas and FAQs I will refer this SQLUpgrade-blurb post that I have made from my experience. Further I would like to enhance the topic of upgrade and things you need to watch about Collation...

SQL Server Integration Services - think about Transactions and Checkpointing?

Transactions and Checkpoints are important factors for data consistency, when it comes for ETL processes that too on SSIS what is your stand? I'm covering this important task for the sake of newbie & junior DBAs, also the similar question was...

TSQL to change collation of database, whats new in SQL 2008 then?

How can you change collation of a database? How do you check the existing collation setup on a database & tables? By using the below TSQL: --For database select databasepropertyex(db_name(),'collation') as collation_name go --Tables select column_name...