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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    SQL Server Day - Sessions Worldle

    We finalized the agenda for SQL Server Day and published the session abstracts earlier this week. I created a worlde based on the session abstracts. Seems like we are gonna talk a lot about SQL Server, 2008, features and Data!!!

    ScreenShot032

    If you haven't registered yet, make sure you do so and join the 250+ other registered SQL Server Enthousiasts.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    DBCC SHRINKFILE can uncompress a compressed table in SQL Server 2008

    While preping a demo on data compression for my session for the upcoming SQL Server Day I ran into a funny behaviour of DBCC SHRINKFILE.

    In the script below I create a table, fill it with data. The table takes 157 pages.

    image

    After compressing it with page compression the table only takes 15 pages. Which is cool.

    image

    When I run a DBCC SHRINKFILE the table explotes to a to 116 pages.

    image

    I was really confused and tought I hit a bug. But I think I found an explanation. Basically DBCC SHRINKFILE will move used pages at the end of the file to a free spot somewhere else in the data file. The funny thing is that SQL Server is not just moving the pages, but will actually uncompress the pages.

    Which leads me to the following conlusion. Although you use ALTER TABLE, INDEX, PARTITION, ... DDL statements to specify compression, compression is not a TABLE, INDEX or PARTITION level property but a page level property.

    Or did I hit a bug?

    --Use SQL Server Internals Viewer

    USE testCompression

    GO

    ALTER DATABASE testCompression

    SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE

    USE MASTER

    DROP DATABASE testCompression

    GO

    CREATE DATABASE testCompression

    GO

    USE testCompression

    CREATE TABLE PageCompressed

    (val BIGINT

    ,st VARCHAR(100)

    )

    GO

    INSERT INTO Pagecompressed

    (val, st) SELECT RAND()*1, REPLICATE('A', 100)

    GO 10000

    SELECT page_count, * FROM sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats (

    DB_ID (),

    OBJECT_ID ('dbo.Pagecompressed'),

    NULL, NULL, 'SAMPLED');

    GO

    -- Turn on compression

    ALTER TABLE Pagecompressed REBUILD

    WITH (DATA_COMPRESSION = PAGE);

    GO

    SELECT page_count, * FROM sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats (

    DB_ID (),

    OBJECT_ID ('dbo.Pagecompressed'),

    NULL, NULL, 'SAMPLED');

    GO

    DBCC SHRINKFILE(testCompression)

    go

    SELECT page_count, * FROM sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats (

    DB_ID (),

    OBJECT_ID ('dbo.Pagecompressed'),

    NULL, NULL, 'SAMPLED');

    GO

    Monday, November 17, 2008

    BI Dutch - new BI Community in Holland

    Johan van der Kooij, Dutch blogger on (MS) Business Intelligence and a long time biTunes fan :-) started a new BI Community in Holland. The blog on bidutch.nl contains quite a few interesting posts in Dutch. You can join the community via the Linked Group on http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/46641.

    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Data Mining in the Cloud

    I recently ran into this online data mining tool on http://www.sqlserverdatamining.com/cloud/
    (click on Try it out in your browser)

    The SQL Server Data Mining team is working to extend the power and ease of use of SQL Server Data Mining to the Cloud. The goal is to provide services that allow you to build rich, predictive applications without worrying about server infrastructure, and showcase these services with cool applications that give you a glimpse of what’s possible. The guys released a first version, which is available for free online.

    If you wanna get started with data mining without going through the installation hassle, this is a really great online tool. The cool thing is that you can even upload your own set of data in a CSV file.

    Talking about data mining. On December the 4th, Marc and Dennis from IKAN Consulting will give a session on data mining on SQL Server Day. If you haven’t registered for SQL Server Day, make sure to do so on www.sqlserverday.be.

    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Belgian SQL Server Day - Call for speakers

    On Thursday, the 4th of December 2008 SQLUG.BE (The Belgian SQL Server User Group) and Microsoft are teaming up to organize the first Belgian SQL Server Day. Focus of the day is off course SQL Server 2008.

    The event will be the biggest community driven SQL Server event in Belgium with an estimate of 200+ attendees eager to learn, get answers to their questions and also important socialize.

    For this event we are still look for speakers. We are looking for sessions that cover new features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 (Database Administration, Development, Business Intelligence, ...). Sessions are 60 minutes.

    If you are interested in speaking on the event, please send an e-mail to frederik@sqlug.be with a session title and abstract.

    The website sqlserverday.be will be launched in the coming days.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Next SQLUG.BE session on SSIS

    We announced our next SQLUG.BE event on Integration Services. We will have 2 sessions by 2 top speakers. Looking forward to see you there.


    Session 1: what's new in SSIS 2008 by Nico Verheire

    A word about our speaker:
    Nico Verheire is a Business Intelligence Consultant for RealDolmen. For the last 4 years, he has been working almost exclusively on SQL Server (7, 2000, 2005), with a strong focus on SSIS, SSAS and SSRS. Nico currently holds an MCTS certification for SQL Server 2005 BI.

    Abstract:

  • Integrating data with ADO.NET
  • Scripting with VSTA
  • Introducing the new lookup transformation (including caching)
  • Managing change in a data warehouse: how to use Change Data Capture (CDC) and use of the MERGE statement
  • Dealing with data quality: the Data Profiling Task
  • Level: 200

    Session 2: Deep-dive session about improving SSIS performance given by Geert Vanhove

    A word about our speaker:
    Geert Vanhove started his career in IT in 1991 as COBOL programmer on a mainframe system. In 1994 he chose to focus on databases, first on Sybase, later (1998) -almost- fulltime on Microsoft SQL Server. In 2005 he started his own company - DCOD - mainly focussing on performance tuning of SQL Server OLTP and BI platforms. He was closely involved with some of the most important SQL Server realizations in Belgium - as well in a development as in an operational context.

    Abstract:
    This session will address some problems that might occur when a SSIS solution needs to scale because DB and data volumes to load are getting larger. This session is not only a statement of how you can improve your SSIS performance; the impact of each optimization step is shown in action throughout the demo package that will be the red wire of this presentation...

    Level: 300

    Date: Thu September 25, 2008

    Agenda:
    18:00 - 18:30 Welcome with a drink & sandwich
    18:30 - 20:00 Part 1
    20:00 - 20:30 Pause
    20:30 - 22:00 Part 2
    22:00 - ... networking

    Location:
    The event-sponsor is Kohera in Kontich:
    Veldkant 33a
    2550 Kontich

    A route description can be downloaded here.

    Registration is needed and is open.

    Registration will be closed on September 23

    Wednesday, August 06, 2008

    SQL Server 2008 Evaluation download

    The evaluation edition is now available online.

    SQL Server 2008 is RTM

    Big news today. SQL Server 2008 is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be available for evaluation download on Aug. 7, 2008.

    SQL Server 2008 is available in 7 editions:

    SQL Server 2008 Enterprise. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise is a comprehensive data management and business intelligence platform that provides enterprise-class scalability, data warehousing, security, advanced analytics and reporting support for running business-critical applications. With this edition, it is possible to consolidate servers and perform large-scale online transactional processing.

    SQL Server 2008 Standard. SQL Server 2008 Standard is a complete data management and business intelligence platform that provides best-in-class ease of use and manageability for running departmental applications.

    SQL Server 2008 Workgroup. SQL Server 2008 Workgroup is a reliable data management and reporting platform that delivers secure, remote synchronization and management capabilities for running branch applications. This edition includes core database features and is easy to upgrade to the Standard or Enterprise edition.

    SQL Server 2008 Web. SQL Server 2008 Web is designed for highly available, Internet-facing Web-serving environments running on Windows Server. SQL Server 2008 Web provides the tools necessary to support low-cost, large-scale, highly available Web applications or hosting solutions for customers.

    SQL Server 2008 Developer. SQL Server 2008 Developer allows developers to build and test any type of application with SQL Server. This edition features all of the functionality of SQL Server Enterprise but is licensed only for development, test and demo use. Applications and databases developed on this edition can easily be upgraded to SQL Server 2008 Enterprise.

    SQL Server 2008 Express. SQL Server 2008 Express is a free edition of SQL Server that features core database functionality including all of the new SQL Server 2008 data types, in a small footprint. This edition is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server applications, and for redistribution by ISVs.

    SQL Server Compact 3.5. SQL Server Compact is a free embedded database designed for developers and is ideal for building stand-alone and occasionally connected applications for mobile devices, desktops and Web clients. SQL Server Compact runs on all Microsoft Windows platforms, including the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, and on Pocket PC and smartphone devices.


    SQL Server 2008 Express and SQL Server Compact editions are available for free download today at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver.

    Read the press release on: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2008/aug08/08-06SQLServer2008PR.mspx


    More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/sqlserver.

    Wednesday, July 09, 2008

    The connection in this workbook will no longer be identical to the connection defined in the external file located at ...

    Office Data Connection files (ODC files) are a great feature in Excel 2007. Basically this technology allows you to store connection information (server name, authentication, database name, cube, ...) in a file. This file can be placed on a central file share or in a Sharepoint library. In stead of defining new connection info in every single Excel file, you just point to the "central" ODC file. If something changes, e.g. the cube is moved to another server, you simple update the ODC file and everyone is redirected the new server automatically.

    At least this wil work if you specied "Always attempt to use this file to refresh data" the during the initial creation of the ODC file.

    image

    If you didn't check the check box then you and want to enforce the link afterwards you might be tempted to check the "Always use connection file" checkpoint in the connection properties (Click Connections in Data ribbon, Properties, Definition)

    image

    However if you check "Always use the connection file" you will get following error message:

    The connection in this workbook will no longer be identical to the connection defined in the external file located at ....
    The link to that external file will also be removed.
    Do you want to proceed with the changes to the connection in this workbook?

    Excel will break the link between the "Excel internal" connection and the ODC file. The UI seems to suggest that you can fix the link. At least that's what I thought. The key point is that the option "Always use the connection file" is not stored in Excel but in the ODC file.

    If you want to fix the link between Excel and the ODC file you can manually update the ODC file by adding the following line


    <odc:AlwaysUseConnectionFile/>

    Make sure to add it just before the </odc:Connection> line.

    image

    After you saved the ODC file go back to Excel. Click Connections in the Data ribbon, Properties, Definition. Click Browse and point to the updated ODC file. After you click OK you will notice that the "Always use connection file" checkbox is now checked. And you no longer receive the error message.

    Took me quite some time recently to find out, so I wanted to share this one.

    Friday, July 04, 2008

    SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart material available to public

    In february I attended the SQL Server 2008 Jumpstart training in Seattle. The trainings were written and presented by SQL Server gurus (Kimberly Tripp, Paul Randal, Bob Beauchemin ,...). All sessions were recorded and are now available for download (free registration required).


    On the site you will find:
    • All session recordings
    • Powerpoints
    • Demo and Sample Scripts
    • VPCs
    • SQL Server 2008 funny video's

    http://sqlserver2008jumpstart.microsofttraining.com/content/DownloadMaterial.asp?CcpSubsiteID=69&section=Overview



    A must have if you wanna get a jumpstart with SQL Server 2008!

    SQL Server 2008 Top 10 Features

    Last week I presented my personal top 10 of new Features in SQL Server 2008 on the Community Day.

    Here's the list
    1. Backup Compression
    2. PowerShell
    3. Policy Based Mgmt
    4. Multi Server Mgmt
    5. Resource Governor
    6. Change Data Capture
    7. Data Profiling
    8. AS DMVs
    9. Report Builder 2.0
    10. New stuff in SQL Server Management Studio (RC0)
    The session was recorded and is now available on Chopsticks.




    Werner Geuens gave an excellent presentation on the new datatypes in SQL Server 2008. This is also available on Chopsticks.



    The Community Day was again a big success. Looking forward to next year!!!

    SQL Server 2008 MCTS beta exams open for public

    Microsoft extended the beta period for the first set of SQL Server 2008 exams. The beta exams are now open to the public. Passing the beta exams will make you a MCTS on SQL Server 2008.

    These exams will be available until July 31, 2008.

    71-432 - Promo code 943F6

    You are invited to take beta exam 71-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance. You were specifically chosen to participate in this beta because of your current Microsoft Certification status or previous participation with Microsoft Learning. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.
    By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

    71-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

    · Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance


    Availability

    Registration begins: June 5, 2008

    Beta exam period runs: June 9, 2008– July 31, 2008

    Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

    Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions). All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

    Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


    71-448 - Promo code B6543

    You are invited to take beta exam 71-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance. You were specifically chosen to participate in this beta because of your current Microsoft Certification status or previous participation with Microsoft Learning. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.
    By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

    71-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

    · Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance


    Availability

    Registration begins: June 15, 2008

    Beta exam period runs: June 16, 2008– July 31, 2008

    Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

    Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions). All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

    Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


    Registration Information

    You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
    Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: 943F6
    Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.

    To register in North America, please call:

    •Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

    Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:

    •Prometric: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp


    Test Information and Support

    You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
    You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.
    Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-432.mspx


    Frequently Asked Questions

    For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/or contact your Regional Service Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/support/worldsites.asp.

    What is a beta exam?

    Where can I learn more about the registration process?

    Where can I learn more about the beta exam invitation process?

    Where can I learn more about the new structure of Microsoft Certification?

    Who do I contact for help with this beta exam or other MCP questions?

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Speaking at Community Day

    The Belgian community has a very strong reputation internationally with many individuals making their mark in their fields of expertise. Lots of individuals, just like you, are hungry for more information about the many Microsoft products and technologies. In addition to the technical information, there is also very often the need to just socialize with other persons within the same domain of expertise. The many user groups that were started the last couple of years are doing a great job trying to address these needs with monthly meetings.

    Eight of them, Belgian Dynamics Community, Biwug, IT-Talks, Pro-Exchange, SCUG, SQLUG, Visug, Winsec, and XNAbug have decided to combine their efforts again to organize another joint-event just before summer starts. So if you are eager to learn, get answers to your questions and meet your peers, come and join us at the premises of SemCom in Keerbergen on Thursday, the 26th of June 2008.

    SQLUG.BE has two session slots. Werner Geuens will talk about the new datatypes in SQL Server 2008 and I will give an overview of my personal top 10 new features in SQL Server 2008.

    The full agenda is available online. This is a free event, but registration is required. Looking forward to see you there.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008

    SSMS Tools Pack

    I recently ran into this great tool. SSMS Tools PACK is an Add-In (Add-On) for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express.

    It contains a few upgrades to the IDE from the Management Studio:

    SQL Server 2008 - calculating backup ratios

    Backup compression is one of the coolest new features in SQL Server 2008. This nice little query gives you an overview of the average compression ratios. I used another T-SQL enhancement (GROUPING SETS) to show the ratio per database, backup type, ...


    SELECT
    DatabaseName =ISNULL(database_name,'(All Databases)'),
    BackupType =ISNULL(CAST(type AS VARCHAR(15)), '(All Types)'),
    CompressionRatio = AVG( CAST(backup_size/ compressed_backup_size AS DECIMAL(5,2)))
    from msdb..backupset
    WHERE (backup_size <> compressed_backup_size)
    GROUP BY GROUPING SETS((database_name,type), (database_name), (type), ())
    ORDER BY 1,2

    Check out these excelent blogposts for more info on backup compression:

    Paul Randal - SQL Server 2008: Backup Compression CPU Cost

    SQLCAT - Tuning the Performance of Backup Compression in SQL Server 2008<

    Monday, April 28, 2008

    Next SQLUG.BE session by Dirk Gubbels


    "Managing, monitoring and troubleshooting SQL Server using Free tools" given by Dirk Gubbels (Microsoft)

    Abstract:
    Out of the box, SQL Server 2005 offers nice tools for managing and monitoring servers and databases. If you want to get an even richer experience and a broader toolset, there are a lot of hidden gems out there, free for you to download and to make the life of the DBA easier. This practical and demo-driven session will show you how to make best use of some of these. Topics include: Extending Management studio with custom reports, Performance dashboard, Sqlio, Dmvstats, RML Utilities and more...

    Level: 300

    Date: Thu May 29, 2008

    Agenda:
    18:00 - 18:30 Welcome with a drink & sandwich
    18:30 - 20:00 Part 1
    20:00 - 20:30 Pause
    20:30 - 22:00 Part 2
    22:00 - ... networking

    Location: Global Knowledge, Mechelen

    Registration is needed, registration is open.

    Registration will be closed on May 26

    Friday, March 28, 2008

    Linked Servers and Ingres

    One of the first technologies I used in my early SQL Server days were linked servers. I used them to migrate data from Ingres to SQL Server.

    Yesterday Michel Ulens gave an excellent presentation on this topic on our latest SQLUG.BE event. Michel will be presenting the same presentation on the upcoming SQL Connections convention in Orlando. If you are lucky to attend this event, make sure to mark Michel's session in your agenda. For the rest of us, keep an eye the SQLUG.BE website, we will be posting the PPT and scripts soon.

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    SQL Server 2008 - February CTP (6) released

    New stuff to play around: Microsoft released CTP 6 of SQL Server 2008.

    BI Demo VPC

    The BI demo VPC is a VPC with all the Microsoft BI related products preinstalled and configured. The VPC is bulk loaded with samples, presenter scripts and many more.

    The latest version (5.1) contains the RTM version of Performance Point Server and Softartisans Officewriter. I have been using this VPC in demos and trainings for quite some time now. The VPC is now available as a public download.

    If you wanna get a jumpstart on Microsoft BI, without going through the installation jungle (SQL Server, SSIS, SSRS, SSAS, PPS, Sharepoint, ...) this is a must have download.


    Downloads: Part1 and Part2.

    This is the full list of preinstalled sofware:

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Service Pack 2
    Internet Explorer 7
    Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
    Microsoft Office Visio 2007
    Microsoft Office Project 2007
    Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
    Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2007
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 w/ Service Pack 1
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 w/ Service Pack 2 (w/ SSIS, SSAS, SSRS)
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Add-ins
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SharePoint Integration Add-in
    ProClarity Analytics Server 6.3
    ProClarity Dashboard Server 6.3
    ProClarity Desktop Professional 6.3
    ProClarity Web Professional 6.3
    Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning Server 2007
    Microsoft PerformancePoint Monitoring Server 2007
    Microsoft PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer
    Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning Add-In for Excel
    Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning Business Modeler
    Project REAL Reference Implementation
    SoftArtisans OfficeWriter 3.8.1 and Designer
    BI Demo Files
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Samples
    Microsoft SQL Server BI Metadata Samples
    Performance Point Planning Samples/Labs
    Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition


    Tuesday, February 12, 2008

    Next SQLUG.BE event on linked servers and SQL Server on SAP

    We opened registration for our next SQLUG.BE evening.

    We will have 2 sessions:

    Session 1: "linked servers" in Sql Server given by Michel Ulens

    Abstract:
    MS SQL Server has been enjoying increasing popularity as a database platform. But of course, many organizations have other RDB platforms installed. Linked servers provide an elegant solution for organizations wanting to integrate MS SQL server apps with other (legacy) RDB platforms. We'll demonstrate how to accomplish this by linking to an Oracle database, and giving a clear example of how to extend the power and flexibility of your database needs.

    Level: 200

    Session 2: "SAP on Sql Server" given by Guy Germompre

    Abstract:
    Het gebruik van SQLserver onder SAP. Wat is SAP? Hoe maakt SAP gebruik van een database? Welke voordelen kunnen klanten hierbij halen? De verregaande integratie tussen SAP en Microsoft op vlak van database beheer.

    Level: 200


    Agenda:
    18:00 - 18:30 Welcome with a drink
    18:30 - 18:40 Intro
    18:40 - 20:00 Session 1
    20:00 - 20:30 Pause
    20:30 - 21:30 Session 2
    21:30 - 22:00 drink & sandwich

    Location:
    Delaware Consulting
    Uitbreidingstraat 2 - 8
    2600 Berchem

    A route description can be found here.

    Registration is needed, registration is open.

    Registration will be closed on March 24

    Thursday, February 07, 2008

    Heroes Happen Here

    The marketing launch (February 27th) of SQL Server 2008 is just a few days away. The Belgian launch of SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server2008 will take place on March 11th, in Ghent.

    On March 12th and 13th things get a little more technical with the revamped TechDays. There are quite a few sessions on both SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008. The full agenda can be found here.

    Looking forward to see you there.

    Friday, January 11, 2008

    Updated Free online SQL Server 2008 traininng

    Some updated training material on SQL Server 2008 is now available online.

    Collection 6187: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008


    Tuesday, January 01, 2008

    Yoohoo - I am an MVP

    Today I received this e-mail from Microsoft:

    "Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! The MVP Award is our way of saying thank you for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people’s lives and the industry’s success every day. Your extraordinary efforts in Windows Server System - SQL Server technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated."

    I am really honored and want to thank everyone at Microsoft for their enormous support. I see this award as an extra motivation to continue to work hard for the SQL Server community and in particular SQLUG.BE.

    See you soon!!