Paul Thurrott

Paul
Thurrott

Paul Thurrott is senior technical analyst for Windows IT Pro. He writes the SuperSite for Windows, a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE, and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE.

Articles
Lining Up the Products
Which Visual Studio 2005 edition is right for you? This overview of each edition’s features can help you narrow your selection.
What You Need to Know About Windows Vista System Requirements
Ending years of consternation, Microsoft recently announced system requirements and recommendations for Windows Vista. They're going to surprise a lot of people.
BackOffice Server 2000 Targets Midsized Businesses 1
The new MultiServer mode that lets users distribute applications across as many as three servers leads the BackOffice Server 2000 features that address the needs of midsized businesses with more than 50 PCs.
SQL Server Bests High-End Records
SQL Server 2000 mounts a challenge to the premium-priced UNIX platform with record-breaking performance results on a Windows 2000 Datacenter-based Unisys ES7000 machine.
SQL Server 2000 Wins Top Awards
Datamation and eWEEK award SQL Server 2000 their highest honors for data warehousing, business intelligence (BI), and enterprise systems development.
Microsoft Rolls Out Small Business Server 2000
Small Business Server 2000 suite, which includes SQL Server 2000, promises relief to tech-challenged small and home businesses.
Oracle Ships 9iAS Release 2
Oracle targets SQL Server and IBM DB2 users with 9i Application Server Release 2.
T3 Solution Smashes OLAP Records
SQL Server 2000 and partner products from EMC, Knosys, and Unisys deliver record-smashing OLAP performance in the T3 trials.
Microsoft: ISA Server Ready for Primetime - 22 Feb 2001
Microsoft has announced that its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, the company's first security product, will ship this month.
SQL Server Yukon is Key
Mircrosoft’s Ballmer hints at a future starring role for Yukon, SQL Server’s next generation, in the development of .NET and Windows technology.
Microsoft Unveils XML for Analysis
XML for Analysis, Microsoft’s new protocol for Web-based business intelligence, promises to boost OLAP and data-mining capabilities across the Internet.
Companies Deploy Commerce Server
Several well-known companies used Commerce Server 2000 to install their business systems online within weeks of the server’s debut.
EU: Microsoft Stifles Server Competition
The European Union is investigating Microsoft for allegedly using its clout in desktop systems to capture the number one spot in the server market.
Microsoft Names 2000 Industry Solution Award Winners
Using Microsoft technologies, eight companies developed business programs for their customers and earned Microsoft’s 2000 Industry Solution Awards.
Microsoft Sends Oracle a Cease-and-Desist Order
Despite a Microsoft cease-and-desist order enjoining Oracle from misrepresenting SQL Server's capabilities, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison continues to publicly debunk SQL Server's benchmarking results.

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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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