Free eBooks on SQL Server, SharePoint, Office and more

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

So the price is still right - and yes, it's free! Marina my colleague from work sent me a really great link so obviously I had to share it with all of you. In his blog about Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog, Mr. Eric Ligman has published a very extensive list of free Microsoft eBooks on SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more. The list is very comprehensive and I recommend you go over it and also look at the additional post he's linking to for even more eBooks...

Free SQL Server Training With 24 Hours of PASS

Sunday, March 18, 2012

PASS are offering 24 Hours of PASS with 24 consecutive technical webcasts - all free and require only registration. The date for you to mark is March 21st  2012, depending on your time zone. This time around includes closed captions in 15 different languages. Sessions in 24 Hours of PASS are very SQL Server 2012 oriented and very varied in topic with something for everyone, ranging from: Tier-1 BI in the Age of Bees and Elephants - with Denny Lee, SQL Server 2012 Memory Management - with Neil Hambly, What to Look For in SQL Server 2012 Execution Plans...

SQL Server 2012 Denali Release Date

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I was in the BI User Group meeting today (and if you're in Israel, why didn't you come too?) and heard something quite exciting. The speaker was Yossi Elkayam from Microsoft Israel and what he mentioned twice was that the release date for SQL Server 2012 Denali is March 2012. He was saying that while stating next month's meeting will preview the new release scheduled for the month after that. He also mentioned that PowerPivot version 2 will be released in proximity to the release of SQL Server 2012 Denali. This was some really exciting news for me because...

#SQLFamily – putting a little love in your heart

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I don't know if you've noticed it, but I don't blog all that much lately (I know blog, I know - but that doesn't mean I don't love you!). So as you may gather that if I do blog, it must be something that seems important to me. The SQL Server Team has recently blogged about an initiative they're doing with the Pragmatic Works Foundation. Pragmatic Works Foundation is a non-profit that provides free technical training to veterans, the jobless, and underemployed. In 2012 they're doing a course for returning veterans. The SQL Server team will donate $50 for each story...
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SSAS and SSRS in SQL Server 2011

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Don't know if you're aware of it, but Microsoft just rocked your world! I remember interviewing Mr. Ariel Netz, Product Unit Manager for SSRS.  I wanted to hear from him what's planned for Report Builder 1.0 as I didn't feel like Report Builder 3.0 covered all the functionality that was in 1.0. I also wondered what sort of answer we will get for ad - hoc reporting against SSAS in SSRS. Mr. Netz said as much as he could I guess, as things were still under NDA. And now the future of Reporting Services is here... Project Crescent was just presented...

New videos and slides on SQL Server 2008 R2 and PowerPivot

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Two big resources on SQL Server 2008 R2 and PowerPivot just came out lately. The first is the videos and slides from BI track in TechEd 2010 in New Orleans. You can download all the slides and video recordings on the sessions that you want (and you can use the "list" view for quick and easy access). This one is free for everyone.Another resource that is free, but requires registration, is 24 Hours of PASS. Registration to PASS is free and very recommended as it gives you access to a lot more information and resources. 24 hours of PASS...

SSIS 2008 Performance and Scalability

Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is continued live blogging from the Donald Farmer seminar from the SQL & BI convention in Tel Aviv of Data Integration in Large Organizations.   SSIS 2008 Performance and Scalability   The importance of measuring to improve performance Understand and measure hardware:How many CPU cores?How much memory?How fast is the I\O subsystem? Understand the potential bottlenecks:Understand the limits of the Source System (usually a bottleneck as it's usually slower than the new system) Gains from the source system:Find better driversConfigure the driverOptimize I\O and network configuration Measure Speed per Connection: Row / sec = Row Count / Time of the data flow   Improving the speed of...

SSIS 2008 improvements over SSIS 2005

This is continued live blogging from the Donald Farmer seminar from the SQL & BI convention in Tel Aviv of Data Integration in Large Organizations. SSIS 2008 improvements over SSIS 2005 C# scripting can reference all .net assembliesVSA replaced by VSTA Pipeline Scale Up Tuning SSIS through looking at the buffers on the Data Flow.In SSIS 2005 you would add buffers and break up flows SSIS Tip: Tools > Options > BI Designers > IS Designers:Control Flow Data ConnectData Flow Data ConnectCheck them both to connect the components automatically Use Row Sampling component to do performance testing. One buffer structure goes all through the process.We...

Win a free pass to the SQL & BI convention

Monday, May 3, 2010

As you may have read, I've got a ticket to give away for the first SQL & BI convention which is taking place at the end of this month in Tel Aviv. Yes, I'm going to give you a ticket which will grant you a pass to a day of lectures about all the new features in SQL Server 2008 R2. The lectures in the convention are aimed at helping you learn of the new features and how they can help you in your day to day work. The ticket to a day at the convention is worth 900...

נכון שתמיד רציתם לפתוח בלוג?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

וגם אם לא - הפוסט הזה בשבילכם.מיקרוסופט ישראל מארגנת אירוע לבלוגרים מקהילת הבלוגרים שלה וגם לאנשים שמתעניינים בפתיחת בלוג. עכשיו, גם אם אתם יודעים את זה, וגם אם לא, צריך להיות לכם בלוג. למה? או - על זה בדיוק ידברו בכנס :)יהיו גם טיפים על איך לשדרג את הבלוג שלכם ואיך לקדם אותו.אני חושבת שלכל הפחות, זו הזדמנות מצוינת להכיר אנשים חדשים ולהיפתח לרעיון שיכול לסייע לכם. בקיצור, אני מצפה לראות אתכם שם - תגידו שאלה שלחה אתכם!