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I am Principal Program Manager at Microsoft leading the Business Platform Division's (BPD) community team. BPD includes SQL Server, SQL Azure, BizTalk, AppFabric, and other technologies and services.

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:59:35 +0000


Oracle Unbreakable == Oxymoron

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:59:35 +0000

  And I ask once again… why do people run Oracle?

Designing for Security

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:38:54 +0000

I just finished reading this article on NoSQL security. It raised a couple of concerns: 1. Systems require security. Hard stop. no if’s and’s or but’s about it. Designing security from the start is a hard task. At Microsoft there are several practices and resources we use to design and evaluate security. These have been...

SQL PASS PowerShell Session Materials

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:51:16 +0000

  The presentation and scripts can be found here. Two questions came up which I couldn’t answer on the spot: 1) what is the load precedence of profiles and 2) what PowerShell books would I recommend.   Profile Load Precedence The profiles are listed in load order. The most specific profiles have precedence over...

Be a Virtual SQL Server Team Member

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:54:55 +0000

I’ve been blogging here and here about testing Denali CTP3. Here is a recent picture of the SQL Server team – though it’s not everyone on the team. These are the people behind the magic of SQL Server. By downloading Denali CTP3, testing, and filing bugs you become a virtual member of this team. How...

Have you Downloaded SQL Server Denali CTP3?

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 07:19:57 +0000

At the end of August we released CTP3 (Community Technology Preview) of the next release of SQL Server codenamed Denali. You can download it here. This is a feature rich CTP and is deserving of your attention, though I can’t discuss where this falls into the overall release schedule – we haven’t made any official...

Help Make SQL Server “Denali” The Best Release Yet!

Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:28:00 +0000

Bugs reported by the community have played a huge role in the amazing quality of past releases of SQL Server. In SQL Server 2008 we fixed over 1,000 bugs submitted by the SQL Server community prior to release. And in SQL Server 2008 R2 we fixed over 300 Community submitted bugs prior to the release....

SQL Server codename “Denali”–“Product Update”

Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:18:42 +0000

There’s a great new feature in the next release of SQL Server (codename “Denali”) which integrates the latest product updates into the initial installation experience. This feature came online in the CTP3 release. We need your help testing this feature. Peter Saddow, of the Deployment Platform team, has a comprehensive blog post detailing how to...

Day 13 on the Job

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:17:23 +0000

Today is my 13th day in the new job as the community lead for the Business Platform Division. It has been a filled 13 days – in a very good way. I’ve been working closely with my team to get educated on community and to begin to formulate our community strategy. This includes identifying which...

MVPs: Evangelists in Sheep’s Clothing?

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:28:01 +0000

I was recently talking to a co-worker and I characterized MVPs as evangelists, among other things. I got a very strong reaction - negative. I know full well this posting is going to rub some MVPs the wrong way – like petting a cat against the grain! However, I like stirring things up a bit...

Pilot Projects

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:43:57 +0000

I spent the first eight years of my career in enterprise IT for a Fortune 15 company. Back then IT was a vibrant work environment. Money was flowing into IT to fund resources, software, hardware and vendors. Today it’s a different story. The mantra for the past 11 years has been “do more with less”....