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February 23, 2006

1. Perspectives

  • SQL Server Magazine's Redesigned Web Site

    2. SQL Server 2005 Watch

  • Adjust the Analysis Services 2005 Aggregations Property

    3. News & Views

  • What's New in Internet Explorer 7
  • Results of Previous Instant Poll: SQL Server Magazine's Web Site Redesign
  • New Instant Poll: Wikis

    4. Events and Resources

  • The Essential Guide to Testing Your Disaster Recovery Ability
  • Avoiding Email Armageddon
  • Solve your Branch Office Woes with R2
  • Microsoft Clustering Technology

    5. Featured White Paper

  • Fax-Document Management

    6. Peer to Peer

    Hot Tip: Internals of the ALTER TABLE Operation
  • Hot Article: Correctly Calculating Datetime Differences
  • In a Nutshell: Something Old, Something New
  • Hot Threads

    7. Announcements

    The SQL Server Magazine Master CD has it all!
  • Save 44% off the Windows Scripting Solutions Newsletter

    8. New & Improved

  • Migrate Multiple Databases to SQL Server Environment
  • Take a Business Rules Approach to Data Integration

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    1. Perspectives

    SQL Server Magazine's Redesigned Web Site
          by Brian Moran

    SQL Server Magazine launched a redesign of its Web site (www.sqlmag.com) last week. Check it out! This Web site has always been a great resource for tracking down valuable information about SQL Server, and the redesign makes the site even easier to navigate. Here's what I like best about the new site.

    The redesigned site provides a cleaner, more visually appealing layout (although my mug shot is no longer front and center on the home page). The current month's feature articles are easy to find, and you don't have to scroll down to access the SQL blog. The improved search toolbar makes it easier to find SQL Server-specific information by subject (i.e., development, administration, and business intelligence) or by article information (i.e., magazine issue month, author, subject, or department). I sometimes found the old search engine a bit finicky; it was sometimes difficult to find specific content that I had written.

    I asked SQL Server Magazine Technical Editor Diana May to list what she felt were the most important new enhancements. Here’s what she said: “The redesigned Web site features a complete article archive; SQL Server event and community information; an active forum community; and links to ebooks, white-papers, FAQs, special reports, and downloads of interest to DBAs, database developers, and business intelligence professionals. We also wanted a cleaner separation from the resources of our sister publication, Windows IT Pro, to recognize the distinct, unique needs of the SQL Server community.”

    Most of the changes reflect the needs that users (i.e., SQL Server Magazine readers and Web-site users) have expressed through feedback. I’ve been working with the magazine since its initial launch, and I can say with 100-percent assurance that the magazine strives to give you what you’re asking for.

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    2. SQL Server 2005 Watch

    Adjust the Analysis Services 2005 Aggregations Property
          If you set the AllMemberAggregationUsage property to None, the Aggregation Design Wizard (which is used to design aggregations for a partition) generates aggregations on the (All) member of the dimension. Microsoft has provided a workaround solution for this bug at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=912390#appliesto.

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    3. News & Views

    What's New in Internet Explorer 7
          As of January 31, Microsoft made Internet Explorer (IE) 7 Beta 2 Preview version available for users to download and test in their environments. Some of the improvements and new features include: enhanced security protection, integrated RSS functionality, a modified toolbar search box that lets you browse multiple Web sites, and an improved platform for Web developers. You can download this new Beta 2 version.

    Read more information about what to expect in IE 7 on Paul Thurrot's Supersite for Windows.

    Results of Previous Instant Poll: SQL Server Magazine's Web Site Redesign

    "What do you think about the new look of SQL Server Magazine's Web site?" Here are the results from the 29 votes (deviations from 100 are due to a rounding error) :

    03% This site rocks--always has, always will
  • 28% Much better than it was
  • 32% Somewhat better
  • 24% Keep trying
  • 10% My gosh, what have you done?

    New Instant Poll: Wikis

    "Do you trust the content in wikis?" Go to the SQL Server Magazine home page and submit your vote for:

    Yes, I think they are good resources
  • Yes, but I often double-check their facts
  • Sometimes, but I take them with a grain of salt
  • No, I don’t trust wikis

    4. Events and Resources

    The Essential Guide to Testing Your Disaster Recovery Ability
          Learn from Paul Robichaux about what to test, how to test, and what results to expect with your disaster recovery plan in this free Essential Guide.

    Avoiding Email Armageddon
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    Solve your Branch Office Woes with R2
          Efficiently replicate file changes across WANS without worrying about your remote server backups using the improved Distributed File System in WSS R2. Live Event: March 14; 12:00 pm EST.

    Microsoft Clustering Technology
          Use clustering technology to protect your company against network outages, power loss, and natural disasters. Live Event: 2/28/2006; 12:00 EST.


    5. Featured White Paper

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    6. Peer to Peer

    Hot Tip: Internals of the ALTER TABLE Operation
          by Microsoft's SQL Server Development Team, questions@sqlmag.com

    Q. What steps does SQL Server perform after an ALTER TABLE operation and what goes on inside the SQL Server platform when it performs this operation?

    Hot Article: Correctly Calculating Datetime Differences
          SQL Server 2000 doesn't provide a built-in solution for correctly calculating datetime differences, so you have to create your own. In his February T-SQL Black Belt column, Itzik Ben-Gan provides the steps and code you can use to solve this problem.

    In a Nutshell: Something Old, Something New
          SQL Server Magazine launched a redesigned Web site this week. In this week's blog "Something Old, Something New" Kevin Kline mentions the three things he likes most about the redesigned site.

    Hot Threads: Check out the following hot threads, and see other discussions in our 30 SQL Server forums.

    Administration: Giving Execute Rights on xp_cmdshell to a User

    T-SQL: How Can You Find Identity Columns Without Using SysColumns

    Performance: Using Linked Server Slows Down My Stored Procedure Run Time

    Security: Unable to Access Database on SQL Server

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    7. Announcements

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    8. New & Improved

          by Blake Eno, products@sqlmag.com

    Migrate Multiple Databases to your SQL Server Environment
          Ispirer Systems released SQLWays 3.9, a data-migration solution for SQL Server 2005. The product uses a wizard-driven UI to automatically convert data, schema, and business logic from Oracle, IBM DB2, IBM Informix, Sybase, PostgreSQL, and MySQL to your SQL Server environment. SQLWays provides advanced capabilities for data-type conversion, either globally for all tables, or locally, for individual tables. The product also resolves reserved word and identifier conflicts and provides improvements for its stored-procedure and trigger conversion. For more information about SQLWays, contact Ispirer Systems at ispirer@ispirer.com or 877-734-7638.

    Take a Business-Rules Approach to Data Integration
          Sunopsis announced Sunopsis Data Conductor, an extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) solution. Data Conductor defines business rules graphically through the product's drag-and-drop interface and stores rules independently from the implementation, decreasing your development and maintenance time. Instead of using the traditional ETL approach, Sunopsis uses an extract, load, and transform approach, in which all data transformations are executed by the relational database management system (RDBMS) already installed in your data-warehouse server. Data Conductor also performs automatic data quality control while data is being processed and contains metadata features that include dependency graphs, cross referencing, and impact analysis. For more information about Sunopsis Data Conductor, contact Sunopsis at sales-us@sunopsis.com, 781-238-1770, or 888-740-0300.