Cork Dev Day 2

The Cork Area Microsoft Technology User Group has invited me back to their 2nd Cork Dev Day, at the Cork International Airport Hotel, this October 10th, to present on “Understanding Database Behaviour for Developers”. The talks run from 11am until 7pm.

Other presentations on the day are

  • HTML5 by Josh Holmes
  • Demystifying SQL Azure by Vikas Sahni
  • SQL Denali Power Overview by Bob Duffy
  • NoSQL Architecture of using Azure Storage and Lucene.Net by Kieran Logan
  • ASP.Net MVC by Andrew Locatelli Woodcock

Further details of the event can be found at:[G]Containers/_default/No+Container

You can register there too. But remember to book early to avoid disappointment … & it is free.


WP7 Mango arrives for Samsung Omnia 7 on Three network

I spent the last couple of days trying to figure out how to get the Windows Phone 7 Mango update for my Samsung Omnia 7 on the Three (Hutchinson Ireland) network without much success.

However, the effort was irrelevant when my Zune PC software announced the arrival of this latest update a few minutes ago after syncing the phone.

This update was without that drama of an earlier 7392 patch last May that caused many an Omnia 7 to reboot endlessly. There were a number of reboots & updates throughout the process (step 7 took the longest). Allow about an hour for the whole process.

If you have not yet received this latest update, details of the US and International rollout schedules are posted on Microsoft Windows Phone website. Furthermore, you can get a summary of just some of the 500+ new features added to WP7 by visit this Windows Phone website – with tethering, improved calendar & multitaksing being of most interest to me.

One wonders whether the rollout was more aggressive than normal with the imminent arrival of the iPhone 5 in the next few days.

“Cannot show requested dialog” when using SQL Server 2008 Job Activity Monitor

A colleague discovered this one last week.

In SQL Server 2008, if you try and launch the job activity monitor, you may get the message

“Cannot show requested dialog.

Additional Information:

Unable to execute requested command. jobs (SqlManagerUI)”

Microsoft ( & have confirmed that this is by design if you choose to install the basic SQL Server Management Suite (aka SSMS) tools during installation.

We reran the installation and chose the advanced tools option and the Job Activity Monitor worked fine.

According to other users (, installing Visual Studio 2010 (aka VS2010) after SQL Server 2008 can revert to basic tools also, resulting in the loss of the Job Activity Monitor again.

SQL Server MVP 2011

I just received notification from the Microsoft that my SQL Server MVP award was renewed for 2011; this my sixth year as an MVP and it remains an incredible honour to continue to share this recognition with dedicated technology community leaders around the world. Thank you Microsoft for awarding me again.

I’d also like to thank those in the Irish community who manage and attend IT Pro & developer user groups around the country for allowing me to talk way too much on SQL Server instead of doing my regular job!

The Microsoft MVP program is a program by Microsoft to recognize individuals active in community sharing their experiences using Microsoft solutions.  These include people who have made contributions that help build and support the SQL Server community; in Ireland , these database MVPs’ are Bob Duffy (SQL Server), Thomas Grohser (SQL Server), & Vikas Sahni (SQL Azure).

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