SQL 2005 SP2 Cumulative 7 Patch Released

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Microsoft has recently released Cumulative Update 7 for SQL 2005 SP2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949095/en-us 

To see list of all patches and what they contain, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937137

How to find leaders in your organization

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Sometimes you wonder how your technical management ever got to be a manager or even a director without knowing the fundamentals of leading people who have emotions and are not like computers. Effective leadership can easily be seen in action, you just don't recognize it until you miss it.

Maintain High Availability of Large Tables during Index Creation

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Radio Controlled Fun

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I have always wanted to get into RC vehicles to wind off some workday stress and keep my daughter entertained. Recently I have purchased the Traxxas e-Stampede and an eflite helicopter. Nitroplanes.com has a ton of resources and if you look for the image below, you can find some really inexpensive (<$99) planes ready to fly and I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to have this much fun, so I put an ad on all the pages. Maybe I can get enough kick backs to fix my helicopter ;-)

SQL 2008 Introduction Links

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The Microsoft Official site URL is http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/default.aspx 
Test Drive Windows Server 2008 Try out Windows Server 2008 instantly by simply logging onto our test-drive environment using your Web browser and experience Windows Server 2008 first hand. 

Employee Benefit Ideas

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It is getting harder and harder to keep good employees. I gathered some ideas from Fortunes top 100 companies to work for as there is always something to learn from people doing it right. 

How to Get Hired

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Even during an economic downturn, there are still many companies hiring good candidates. Here are a couple of tips I gathered from Fortune Magazine and other sources:

SQL 2005 Best Practices Analyzer Tool January 2008 Update

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SQL CAT Team has a pretty significant update to SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer.  It contains many new and updated rules for Analysis Services, a few important rules for the Relational Engine, a couple bug fixes for the UI and command line tools.  And all of these rules have rich documentation telling you what need to know.

Recommended Anti-Spyware Programs

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Here is my short list of software programs I use for finding and preventing spyware:

MSDTC Troubleshooting

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I often run into MSDTC issues, so I have created this post to accumulate all the useful help I have found on the subject as it pertains to SQL Server users.