The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes – Ensuring Peace of Mind

Once again it’s on! We hope you enjoy this fourth episode of the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where you’re getting a peak into workings of the SQL Server Engineering Team with previously unheard stories from team members as they developed and tested SQL Server 2012. The first three episodes can be viewed here.

This week we have Joe Yong, Senior Program Manager, whose teams in Redmond and Shanghai worked on the upgrade and migration capabilities of SQL Server 2012. Joe tells a story of the team working with their first Technical Adoption Program (TAP) customer during the very early builds of SQL Server 2012 that wanted to test something in the SQL Server Labs. They came in and loaded up their data, which included a 100GB trace file, which the team had never encountered. Watch the video below to find out what happened!

The Fantastic 12 of #SQL2012 Twitter Contest
happens every Thursday at 10:30am PT, where we’re giving away the cool new SQL Server T-Shirts that the SQL Family selected.

Enjoy this week’s episode…..


4 Peace of Mind

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Product Enhancements

  • Distributed Replay: Simplify application testing and help minimize errors with application changes, configuration changes, and upgrades.
  • System Center Alignment: Up-to-date Management Packs enable centralized monitoring across SQL Server versions including SQL Server 2012.
  • System Center Advisor: Help reduce overall downtime with ongoing assessments of SQL Server configurations and changes over time.
  • No-fee Service Packs: Unlike many software companies, Microsoft offers free access to software service packs.

Free Planning Tools

  • Quickly plan for an upgrade or migration with a wealth of no-fee tools like Migration Assistant, Upgrade Advisor, and MAPS developed by Microsoft engineers and available for download online.

Tailored Support and Licensing Programs

  • Mission Critical Support: Microsoft’s Premier Mission Critical Support and the Microsoft Critical Advantage Program, provide the services and support needed for companies to establish the proactive IT environment and operations necessary to deliver maximum availability and performance to their Mission Critical Applications.
  • Enrollment for Application Platform: Microsoft delivers piece of mind with the licensing program EAP which offers unlimited support to customers with specific software assurance plans and up to 40% savings on license costs for new deployments.

Stay tuned for the next episode of this series coming every Thursday through the end of June 2012.