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SQL Server 2005 SP1 adds important new features for enterprise databases, but some of the coolest enhancements are for SQL Server Express.

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May 4, 2006

1. Perspectives

  • New Features in SQL Server 2005 SP1

2. SQL Server 2005 Watch

  • Microsoft Releases Fix for SQL Server 2005 ALTER TABLE Bug

3. News & Views

  • SQL Server 2005 Up and Running Roadshow in a City Near You
  • Use SQL Server 2005 Service Broker Certificates for Remote Security
  • Results of Previous Instant Poll: UPDATE's Best Parts
  • New Instant Poll: Streamlining UPDATE

4. Events and Resources

  • The Essential Guide to Infrastructure Consolidation
  • Configuring and Managing a Virtual Lab for the Enterprise
  • Disaster Recovery for Windows-Based Applications
  • IT Consolidation

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  • 100% Uptime for Mission-Critical Email

6. Peer to Peer

  • Hot Tip: Running .NET Applications with the SQLCLR Tool
  • Hot Article: Setting up an Oracle Linked Server
  • In a Nutshell: Ever Wonder About Torn Pages in SQL Server?
  • Hot Threads

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1. Perspectives

New Features in SQL Server 2005 SP1
by Brian Moran, brian@solidqualitylearning.com

Microsoft released SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) two weeks ago, and the release includes major features that you'll want to take a look at. One of the most important parts of the release, of course, is support for Database Mirroring, which was pulled from the SQL Server 2005 release to manufacturing (RTM) last fall at the last minute.

Another major addition is SQL Server Management Studio Express, a set of GUI management tools for SQL Server Express. These tools are a major upgrade from SQL Server 2000 MSDE, which didn't include any integrated set of GUI management tools.

SP1 also introduces SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services. The name met with great fanfare from journalists like myself, who are often paid by the word, although some folks wonder whether Microsoft had a contest to see who could come up with the longest name. The primary difference between earlier SQL Server 2005 Express Editions and the Advanced Services model is the inclusion of support for SQL Server Reporting Services. The Reporting Services-enabled version is still free, so this edition raises all sorts of interesting options for customers who want an entirely free version of SQL Server for true production needs, albeit on a lower-scale than what SQL Server Enterprise and Standard Editions support. I'm not sure why Microsoft created a new SKU instead of simply adding Reporting Services as an install option for SQL Server Express. It will be interesting to see how this SKU might develop compared to the vanilla-version of SQL Server 2005 Express.

SP1 also extends SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) with a new .NET Data provider and a new MDX Query Designer that directly support enterprise reporting against SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence. You can read an interesting whitepaper about this new feature at http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/f/8/4f8f2dc9-a9a7-4b68-98cb-163482c95e0b/UsingRSwithSAPNetWeaver.doc.

You'll also want to make sure to download the latest version of SQL Server 2005 Books Online (BOL). The April version of BOL was updated for SP1 and can be downloaded from the SP1 Web site. The following quote from the BOL download page is important, so I wanted to draw your attention to it:

"Starting with the April 2006 update of SQL Server 2005 Books Online, a separate Books Online for SQL Server Express is no longer available. SQL Server 2005 Books Online is the primary documentation for SQL Server Express. After installing Books Online, you can use the SQL Server Express filter in the Contents pane to hide the content that does not apply to SQL Server Express edition. For more information about SQL Server Express documentation, see the topic "Using SQL Server Express Books Online."

You can download SP1 and related resources, including the latest version of BOL, at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/sp1.mspx.


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2. SQL Server 2005 Watch

Microsoft Releases Fix for SQL Server 2005 ALTER TABLE Bug
Has the ALTER TABLE statement been giving you unexplainable problems such as access violations, assertions, cessation of SQL Server services, or database corruption? In addition to these problems, have you received one or both of the following error messages?

Error Message One:
Server: Msg 1105, Level 17, State 2, Line 1
Could not allocate space for object 'ObjectName' in database 'DatabaseName' because the 'FileGroupName' filegroup is full. Create disk space by deleting unneeded files, dropping objects in the filegroup, adding additional files to the filegroup, or setting autogrowth on for existing files in the filegroup.

Error Message Two:
Msg 109, Level 20, State 0, Line 0
A transport-level error has occurred when receiving results from the server. (provider: Shared Memory Provider, error: 0 - The pipe has been ended.)

Microsoft has determined that the problems occur because the row size for the table is calculated incorrectly when SQL Server changes the column of the table. A fix for this bug is available with the latest SQL Server 2005 service pack, available for download at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913089.

Meanwhile, you can implement your own workaround by using one of the following methods:

  • If the table is not a heap table, rebuild the indexes on the table. A heap table is a table that does not have a clustered index defined.
  • Use the DBCC CLEANTABLE statement to reclaim the space that is used by the dropped column. For example, use the following statement:
    DBCC CLEANTABLE ('DatabaseName','TableName')

You can find further information about this bug in the Microsoft article "FIX: Error message when you try to change a column of a table by using the ALTER TABLE statement in SQL Server 2005: 'Could not allocate space'" at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=916780


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3. News & Views

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Use SQL Server 2005 Service Broker Certificates for Remote Security
Microsoft released a new article about how to secure remote connections for multiple SQL Server instances by using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Broker certificates. This information applies to situations in which you have multiple instances of SQL Server 2005 and are using dialog security or transport security operations. The article provides an example that uses two SQL Server instances, which leads you step-by-step through how to use Service Broker certificates and test remote security. For more information about this topic, see the Microsoft article "How to use certificates for SQL Server 2005 Service Broker remote security on multiple instances of SQL Server 2005" at
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6. Peer to Peer

Hot Tip:
Running .NET Applications with the SQLCLR Tool

by Brian Moran, brian@solidqualitylearning.com

Q: My company recently upgraded to SQL Server 2005. I'm the DBA, and I'm concerned about enabling the SQL Server Common Language Runtime (SQLCLR). I know that by default, the SQL Server clr enabled option is off. Is it an all-or-nothing proposition? I'm concerned about losing control of the applications running on the server because I'm not proficient with using .NET-based languages?
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Hot Article:
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In a Nutshell:
Ever Wonder About Torn Pages in SQL Server?

In this week's blog, Kevin Kline summarizes an MVP description of the performance impact of torn-page detection in SQL Server. Read the blog and tell Kevin how helpful this information is today at
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  • OLAP/Data Warehousing: Analysis Manager—Cube Errors
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