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1. Perspectives

  • Microsoft News from Tech Ed 2005
  • 2. News & Views

  • Results of Previous Instant Poll: Microsoft Tech Ed
  • New Instant Poll: Benchmarks and TPC-C Scores
  • 3. Events and Resources

  • Celebrate the Launch of SQL Server 2005 Nov 7–10, 2005 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
  • Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 Roadshow in Europe
  • Microsoft SQL Sever 2005–For Every Tier Of Your Business Intelligence Application
  • Get The SQL Server BI Essentials
  • 4. Featured White Paper

  • Instant Recovery and Data Protection for SQL Servers
  • 5. Peer to Peer

  • Hot Tip: SP3 Changes Debugging Functionality
  • Hot Article: Running SQL Server in a VM
  • Hot Threads
  • 6. Announcements

  • SQL Server Magazine Monthly Online Pass = Quick Answers!
  • Be a Part of the 2005 MCP Hall of Fame
  • 7. New & Improved

  • Transfer XML Data
  • Use XQuery for Data Integration

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    1. Perspectives

    by Brian Moran, [email protected]

    Microsoft News from Tech Ed 2005
    I attended the Microsoft Tech Ed 2005 conference in Orlando, Florida last week and want to share Microsoft's most important SQL Server announcements with you. The company has finally nailed down the SQL Server 2005 launch for November 7. SQL Server 2005 has been in the works for a long time. For me, now that Microsoft has announced a fixed launch date, the product feels much more real because I know that it will soon be in the hands of the community. That's exciting because SQL Server 2005 includes an incredible number of new features that will greatly enhance the flexibility and power that we have when architecting solutions on top of SQL Server. The countdown begins!

    Speaking of getting SQL Server 2005 into users' hands to build production applications... Microsoft announced that seven customers are already running SQL Server 2005 beta versions in live production environments. And that doesn't include the 80 applications (or more) that Microsoft has spread across 10 SQL Server 2005 instances managing multiple terabytes of data within the company. The company anticipates having more than 20 external customers running live on SQL Server 2005 before product launch in November.

    Microsoft also released the SQL Server 2005 June Community Technology Preview (CTP) at Tech Ed. Each subsequent CTP release makes the product richer in fully implemented features and more stable. Based on Microsoft's release of world record TPC-C and TPC-H numbers, the company has made significant progress in terms of scalability. Early versions of a beta are never tuned for performance. Microsoft is more worried about making it work, than making it run fast. But performance clearly becomes a more important topic as the product moves closer to release to manufacturing (RTM) and we can expect even better numbers from SQL Server 2005 on these tests by the time that the product ships. I'll leave exploring the implications of these numbers for a future editorial, but I want to share a few highlights. The SQL Server 2005 TPC-H numbers show a 162 percent performance gain over SQL Server 2000. The new TPC-H scores show a 38 percent higher performance than Oracle's best score on a 16X Intel Itanium 2 server for 20 percent less cost. On the TPC-C side, SQL Server 2005 has regained the world record on a Windows platform by posting a score that tops the one million transaction-per-minute (TPM) mark. This score is 7 percent higher for 35 percent lower cost than Oracle's best result on a 64-processor Itanium 2 server.

    Last week, I discussed the license-model changes for SQL Server Reporting Services (see "Microsoft's Reporting Services 180" at http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=C62D:7B3DB ). Here's a quick summary: Reporting Services will ship in all editions of SQL Server 2005, and Report Builder will be included in the product's Enterprise, Standard, and Workgroup Editions.

    Finally, the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle is now available for download at http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=C631:7B3DB . SSMA is a toolset that will automate Oracle-to-SQL Server application migration.

    Download the newest CTP and keep exploring. SQL Server 2005 will be here before you know it, and time is growing short to make sure you're ready for it.

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    2. News & Views

    Results of Previous Instant Poll: Microsoft TechEd
    "Did you attend the Microsoft TechEd conference in Orlando, Florida?" Here are the results from the 54 votes:

  • 7% Yes, I always attend
  • 7% Yes, it was my first time
  • 19% No, but I plan to attend next year
  • 67% No, and I don't plan to attend
  • New Instant Poll: Benchmarks and TPC-C Scores
    "Do you pay attention to public benchmarks and TPC-C scores?" Go to the SQL Server Magazine home page ( http://lists.sqlmag.com/t?ctl=C63D:7B3DB ) and submit your vote for

  • Yes, I find them valuable
  • Yes, but I don't find them valuable
  • No, but I plan to
  • No, I don't think they're valuable
  • 3. Events and Resources

    Celebrate the Launch of SQL Server 2005 Nov 7-10, 2005 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
    Microsoft will give every attendee a copy of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. SQL Server Magazine Connections is co-located with Microsoft ASP.NET & Visual Studio Connections. Register by July 15 to get a free night at Mandalay Bay call 800-438-6720 for details.

    Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 Roadshow in Europe
    Get the facts about migrating to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server experts will present real-world information about administration, development, and business intelligence to help you implement a best-practices migration to SQL Server 2005 and improve your database-computing environment. Receive a 1-year membership to PASS and 1-year subscription to SQL Server Magazine. Register now!

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    5. Peer to Peer

    Hot Tip: SP3 Changes Debugging Functionality
    by Microsoft's SQL Server Development Team, [email protected]
    Q. I'm trying to debug a T-SQL stored procedure, but when I start debugging, after getting the parameter dialog box from Query Analyzer, I get the following error message:

       Server: Msg 504, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_sdidebug, Line 1
       \[Microsoft\]\[ODBC SQL Server Driver\]\[SQL Server\]Unable to connect to
       debugger on TAO (Error = 0x800706ba).
       Ensure that client-side components, such as SQLDBREG.EXE, are installed
       and registered on DMAHAPATRA1. Debugging disabled for connection 72.

    I have SQLDBREG.EXE installed on the client and registered on DMAHAPATRA1. Do you know what the problem might be?

    Read the answer to this question today at

    Hot Article: Running SQL Server in a VM
    Are you trying to use virtual machine (VM) technology for production tasks such as SQL Server system consolidation? Are you testing the SQL Server 2005 beta? Are you using a VM to run database demonstrations on your laptop? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're concerned about performance. In his June SELECT TOP(X) column "Running SQL Server in a VM," Michael Otey shares five tips to maximize SQL Server performance in a VM. The tips apply to SQL Server running under Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, and VMware's Workstation and GSX Server. Read this article today and post your comments at

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

    Administration: Reading a Trace File Without Stopping SQL Server
    T-SQL: Creating a View
    Performance: Query Performance
    Security: Setting Up Windows Authentication
    Replication: Error 7212--Executing Remote Stored Procedure Fails
    DTS: Cannot Find Specified Package Error

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    7. New & Improved

    by Dawn Cyr, [email protected]

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    Transfer XML Data
    HiT Software announced Allora 4.1, software that enables bi-directional data transformation between XML and any database. Allora's graphical mapping tool, extensive APIs, runtime middleware engine, and graphical user interface offer a convenient way to export data from any relational database to XML or map and transform XML data to relational data. The main enhancement in the latest release is the multiple SELECT feature. Previous releases of the product could perform complex database-to-XML transformations by using a single SQL query. The new release offers an option to work with multiple sub-maps that join in realtime with XSL, a W3C language for transforming XML documents. With the multiple SQL query approach, Allora 4.1 can enable heterogeneous database migration. Rather than using database-specific SQL dumps or flat files that can't contain table relationships or constraints, you can persist your complete database structure and data into XML for easy access or transport and recreate the database on any other database platform at a minimum cost. Other enhancements in the Allora 4.1 Mapper include support for namespace definitions, complex database expressions, NetBeans 4.1, and stored procedures in Oracle packages. Allora 4.1 works with more than 20 different databases, including SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase, and MySQL. A fully operational trial version of the software is available from the vendor's Web site. For pricing and other information, contact HiT Software at 408-345-4001 or [email protected]

    Use XQuery for Data Integration
    DataDirect Technologies announced the beta of DataDirect XQuery, an embeddable XQuery implementation for XML applications that need to process both XML and relational data sources. XQuery is a W3C standard native XML query and transformation language. Because most types of data can be represented as XML, you can use XQuery to query other types of data--such as relational data--by using an XML view of a relational database. This ability is important because many Web applications need to integrate information from multiple sources, including data found in Web messages, relational data, and various XML sources. DataDirect XQuery simplifies working with XML and relational data together, allowing Java developers to programmatically invoke and process XQuery expressions against any major relational database including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and IBM DB2, directly from within their Java applications. DataDirect XQuery installs easily; it does not require its own server infrastructure, and it is scalable from desktop to enterprise applications. To register to participate in the DataDirect XQuery beta program or for more information, contact DataDirect at 800-876-3101 or 919-461-4200.

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