First ever AskaSQLGuru Podcast

This morning Chuck Boyce and I recorded the first ever AskaSQLGuru Podcast with Irish SQL Server MVP Niall Flanagan. Niall was the first MVP awarded in Ireland and is a founder of the SQL Server Ireland User Group.

In this podcast we find out there is very little difference between the Australian SQL Server community and the Irish SQL Server community, especially when it comes to drinking a pint of beer or two.

You can listen to this Podcast here or download the Podcast from the AskaSQLGuru iTunes Feed.

SQL Downunder Code Camp

It is that time of the year again. Tech-Ed is just around the corner which means that there are only a few weeks until SQL Downunder Code Camp. If you missed out on Tech-Ed this year then SQL Downunder Code Camp is a free (except for accommodation, food etc.) two day event that will focus on data access and all things SQL Server.

SQL Down Under Code Camp will be held over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of October at Charles Sturt university in Wagga Wagga.  More details and to register your attendance refer to

This is the second SQL Downunder Code Camp and already plans are underway to make this event even bigger and better than last year. This year Kevin Kline will be presenting as a special guest.

This weekend also coincides with the Security Camp Oz so you get two conferences for the price of one. So make sure you book your accommodation and flights as soon as possible as places are filling fast.

February 27, 2008

At the Microsoft Worldwide partner conference, Kevin Turner announced the launch date for SQL Server 2008.

February 27 2008 will be the launch date for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008. For more details refer to the transcript of Kevin Turner’s presentation

If you have not started to get up to speed with SQL Server 2008 yet then now is the perfect time to download the June CTP from Or why not check out the series of SQL Server 2008 screencasts at AskaSQLGuru.

Presenting at Tech-Ed 07

Over the weekend I received confirmation that I will be presenting at Tech-Ed on the Gold Coast. The title of the session I will be presenting is Things You Need to Know for a Painless Upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. At this stage my session is on at 5:00PM – 6:15PM on Wednesday the 8th of August. This is the last session prior to ‘Ask the Expert’ and the Tech-Ed Influencer Party.

As a warm up to Tech-Ed I will be presenting this session at the Perth SQL Server User Group on Thursday the 19th of July.

So if you are thinking of upgrading to SQL Server 2005 make sure that you don’t miss my session at either the Perth SQL Server User Group or Tech-Ed on the Gold Coast.

July QLD SQL Server User Group

At the July QLD SQL Server User Group, local SQL Server expert Keith Martin will be presenting on SQL Server clustering with tips and tricks on high-availability from the field.

WHERE: Microsoft Brisbane Office, Level 9, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street
WHEN: Thursday, 26th July | 5:30PM for a 6:00PM start

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If you will be attending, please RSVP via email to peter @ to help us plan refreshments (normally pizzas and drinks).

August WARDY IT Community Dinner

The WARDY IT Community Dinner is typically held on the second Monday of the month and is a great opportunity to share knowledge, information and experiences with other IT professionals in South East Queensland.

The August WARDY IT Community Dinner is being held a week later than usual on Monday the 20th of August to allow people to recover from Tech-Ed on the Gold Coast, especially the Influencers Party. To RSVP to be at this event send an email to peter @

WHERE James Street Bistro | 39 James Street | Fortitude Valley

WHEN Monday 20th August | 6:30PM

RSVP Friday 17th August

Please note that you are responsible for the cost of your own dining.

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SQL Server End of Life

The 10th of July is an important date for anyone that is still running SQL Server 2000 SP3a (or below) and SQL Server 2005 RTM, as Service Pack Support for these builds will cease on the 10th of July. So if you haven’t already upgraded SQL Server 2000 to SP4 then now is a good time to think about testing and applying the service pack or moving to SQL Server 2005.

SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 can be downloaded from here.

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 can be downloaded from here.