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Monday, December 21, 1998


Dear SQL Server Professionals,

The purpose of this message is to provide you with the latest information
about the Heartland Users Groups' SQL Server SIG.  This e-mail message was
sent to you as a "blind copy" to protect your privacy.  Please feel free
to forward this message on to whomever you feel may have an interest in
the Heartland Users Groups and/or the SQL Server SIG.  If you wish to be
removed from this e-mail list simply send a reply to this message and
indicate so.


NEXT SQL SERVER SIG MEETING: Thursday, 01/07/1999
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The January SQL Server SIG meeting will be held on Thursday, January 7,
1999 at 6:00 PM.  This meeting will be hosted at the offices of Solutech,
Inc. located at 7300 College BLVD, Suite 165, Overland Park, KS.  This
building is situated NORTHWEST of College BLVD and Metcalf AVE.
Solutech's offices are on the first floor.  Parking in the building lot is
FREE.  Lori Bird will be presenting and demonstrating Platinum
Technology's ERwin data modeling tool.  Lori is a Senior Product
Consultant for Platinum Technology specializing in Platinum's enterprise
modeling suite of applications.  Lori's previous experience was with the
US Air Force as a software developer and with Laboratory Information
Management Systems as technical lead.  Lori has a B.S. in Computer
Information Science from Troy State University in Montgomery, AL and an
M.B.A. in Operations Research from Wright State University (Dayton, OH).
Feel free to print out and distribute copies of the flyer for this
meeting.  The flyer is located at
http://home.gvi.net/~spyder/sqlflyer.html .


SQL SERVER FIXES IN NT 4.0 SP4
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According to Knowledge Base article Q150734 (November 5, 1998), Windows NT
4.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4) fixed the following SQL Server-specific problems:

1.  Q178393--SQL Server Hangs When Sending a Message Using SQLMail
2.  Q181859--Stop 0x0000000A When Using UltraBac to Back Up a SQL Server
3.  Q185870--IIS: SQL Server Insert Error Regarding Column Name Mismatch
4.  Q187708--Cannot Connect to SQL Virtual Server via Sockets in Cluster
5.  Q192293--IIS Stops ODBC Logging after Failing to Communicate with SQL

NT 4.0 SP4 also addressed a number of RPC-related bugs.  The comprehensive
list of NT 4.0 SP4's bug fixes can be seen at
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q150/7/34.asp .


SQL SERVER USENET NEWSGROUPS
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USENET is a collection of over 50,000 subject areas known as 'newsgroups'.
Interested parties can browse or post messages to the various newsgroups.
Newsgroup messages can be viewed by anyone, and anyone can post a reply to
the messages.  The newsgroups listed below are regularly monitored by
Microsoft MVPs and are a great place to post your specific SQL Server
questions.  Please note that your Internet browser may require you to
install additional components in order to view USENET newsgroups.  For more
details, please check with your Internet browser's documentation.  You can
also search through a huge archive of past USENET newsgroup messages at
http://www.dejanews.com .

news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.clients
news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.connect
news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.odbc
news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.programming
news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.replication
news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.server
news://microsoft.public.sqlserver.setup


SUGGESTED READING
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We are adding a new book to the SQL Server SIG's suggested reading list:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Basic and SQL Server,  6th edition ISBN:
1-57231-848-1.  Read Chapter 28 of this book ("Understanding ADO and OLE
DB") online at the following location:
http://www.vs6.com/books/HitchhikerGuide6/1597.htm .  Also, see
http://home.gvi.net/~spyder/sqlreading.html for the SQL Server SIG's list of
suggested books.


THANK YOU SOLUTECH ! ! !
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Special thanks to Jan Brandt and the folks at Solutech, Inc. for providing
the SQL Server SIG with a regular place to hold our monthly meetings.
Solutech's Kansas City area office is located on the first floor of the
building at 7300 College BLVD, Suite 165 in Overland Park, Kansas.  Solutech
is a leading provider of vendor certified consulting, technical education
and software product sales.  Solutech has offices in Nashville, Des Moines,
Kansas City, Louisville, Omaha and St. Louis.  Solutech is a
Microsoft-certified training and solutions provider.  See Solutech's web
site for additional company information:  http://www.solutechinc.com .


UPCOMING EVENTS
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All Heartland Users Groups' meetings are open to the general public.
Joining the Heartland Users Groups entitles you to receive door prizes and
the monthly newsletter.  Please consider joining -- an annual membership
is only $25.00.  You can obtain a membership form at any of the Heartland
Users Groups' events.

Monday, December 21, 1998 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Heartland Users Groups' General Meeting and  Holiday Networking Party
At Johnson County Community College
Room CEC 211
Overland Park, KS
see http://www.hugkc.org for details

Thursday, January 7, 1999 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM	
SQL Server SIG -- Lori Bird presents Platinum's ERwin data modeling tool
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
See http://home.gvi.net/~spyder/sqlserver.html for details

Thursday, February 4, 1999 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM	
SQL Server SIG -- Business Objects presentation about decision support tools
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
See http://home.gvi.net/~spyder/sqlserver.html for details

Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM	
SQL Server SIG -- Topic TBA
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
See http://home.gvi.net/~spyder/sqlserver.html for details


MICROSOFT NEWS
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See http://www.microsoft.com/mcp/certstep/mcdba.htm for details about
Microsoft's new Database Administrator certification program.  Exams and
courseware for this new track are expected to be available by the first
quarter of 1999.

Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Overview:  This is the one-day course that
Microsoft is offering for $99.  See
http://www.microsoft.com/train_cert/sql7/oneday/ for details.

Get a voucher worth $500 towards the 5-day System Administration for
Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 course (course #832).  See
http://www.microsoft.com/train_cert/sql7/offer for details.


MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
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The SQL Server SIG board is looking volunteers to be presenters for future
SQL Server SIG meetings.  If you or someone you know is interested in
presenting a topic of interest to SQL Server professionals, please contact
me or any other SQL Server SIG officer.

The regular meeting time for monthly SQL Server SIG meetings is 6:00 PM on
the first Thursday of each month at Solutech, Inc.,  7300 College BLVD,
Suite 165, Overland Park, KS.

The SQL Server SIG's home page is at:
http://home.gvi.net/~spyder/sqlserver.html .  Please feel free to offer
any ideas for improving the SQL Server SIG's page or for adding any links.

The Heartland Users Groups' home page is at:  http://www.hugkc.org .

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, criticisms, and/or
referrals of persons who may be potentially interested in the SQL Server
SIG.

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