New MSSQLDUDE Videos: SQL Inventory with MAPS and WP7 Cloud BI

If you would like a short 10-minute intro on how to get started using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAPS) to inventory, discovery and record your SQL Server footprint, versions, utilization, users, licenses, etc., then you can have a look at the video that I just posted on our Microsoft YouTube channel for SQL Server data warehouse & BI group here in the East Coast U.S. field organization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHs8Ee1iZI. BTW, the MAPS tool is a FREE download from Microsoft.com, see it here. This is version 6.5 of this tool and if you have any version prior to it, I suggest that you upgrade to it and run another SQL Server assessment on your network. This version of MAPS now has the awesome feature of virtualization discovery, proposal and recommendations built-in. This makes MAPS the premier SQL Server tool when consolidation your SQL Server environment.

And if you have a Windows Phone 7 and would like to see what a WP7 Mobile Cloud BI App would look like, take a look at this video that I just posted for our Microsoft field national DW & BI team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P1akSjiZasU#!. This describes the updated V2 improved version of the WP7 App for Microsoft Cloud BI on a mobile device which I described in my slide presentation here.

These are some of the BI data visualizations that you get out of the box with this WP7 app on your phone through the native app:

   

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Catching-up: Updated Goings-on in October

Sorry that I’ve been so busy lately, I have not yet had time to complete part 1 of my System Center series for SQL Server DBAs. I promise to have the SCOM section out this weekend.

I do want to point you all to 2 updating “goings-on” in my world:

  1. We are running a free 4 hour SQL Server 2008 R2 performance monitoring and tuning seminar sponsored by Sebastian Meine of SQLITY.NET on October 20 in our Malvern Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) here in the Philly burbs. You can register for that free event here.
  2. And I finally got around to complete a new SQL Server Magazine BI Blog post today focused on the SQL Server Denali CTP3 release of SSIS, demonstrating the new version control features here.
  3. I am finalizing my demos and presentations for Philly Code Camp on October 15. You can register here, it is FREE and lots & lots of training on .NET technologies and we have BI & SQL Server tracks. This is the 3rd update to my series on leveraging Silverlight in Microsoft BI to make cool visualizations and dashboards. Code Camp is one of my favorite events of all-time, I always have a great time at these events. I also will update my presentation and demos and post those next week, just prior to the event.

Enjoy!