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Tuesday, February 2, 1999

The SQL Server SIG meeting will be held on Thursday, February 4, 1999
at 6:00 PM.  This meeting will be hosted at the offices of Solutech, Inc.
located in the Lighton Plaza at 7300 College BLVD, Suite 165, Overland 
Park, KS.  See for a map.
Solutech's offices are on the first floor, and parking in the building lot
is FREE.  Chris Lambert and David Banks will giving a presentation about
how enterprise decision support tools provide non-technical business users
with access to information stored in various types of database-driven
systems, including data warehouses, data marts, and packaged business
applications.  Business Objects is the world's leading provider of
integrated enterprise decision support tools.  Please feel free to print
out and distribute copies of the flyer for this meeting.  The flyer is
located at .

Please note that stored procedures that access system tables do not migrate
from SQL Server 6.x to SQL Server 7.0 during an upgrade.  According to
Richard Waymire of Microsoft, "the inability to migrate stored procedures
occurs because the system tables have changed significantly between SQL
Server 6.x and SQL Server 7.0. Many system tables are no longer tables;
they are views of new system tables. The Microsoft SQL Server team felt a
safer tactic than automatically upgrading these stored procedures was to 
force a reexamination of stored procedures that use system tables directly,
when you upgrade to SQL Server 7.0."  As a consequence, it would be in your
best interest to extract and save the source code for any of your home-grown
stored procedures from the 6.x server prior to upgrading.

Just a word of caution that Service Pack 5 for SQL Server 6.5 can cause
problems with programs developed in PowerBuilder 5.x that access SQL Server
6.x using native 16-bit DB-Lib.  Specifically, this error prevents you from
editing data with the PowerBuilder database painter and causes an error
message such as 'Column datatype not supported'.  There are at least three
ways to resolve this problem:  [1.] uninstall Service Pack 5 (however, you
will need SP5 for Y2K compliance), [2.] upgrade to PowerBuilder 6.x (the
problem does not occur with version PowerBuilder 6.x), or [3.] rewrite the
applications to access the database using ODBC rather than with native DB-Lib.

It has been reported that you can receive an error 603 when you attempt to
restore a database after applying Service Pack 5 (SP5) to SQL 6.5.  This is
a nasty bug that slipped through the cracks in SP5 testing/beta's.  It is
caused when you execute the sp_sysbackuphistory stored procedure.  Please
note that this stored procedure is invoked is when you use the Enterprise
Manager GUI to initiate backups/restores.  For more details about the bug,
please be sure to read the following docs:

You can download the fix for this bug from . 
Please note that SP5ax86.exe is the file you will need for Intel CPUs and
SP5aALP.exe is the file you need for Alpha CPUs.

The updated service pack is known as SP5a (build 416).  The 416 build will
allow you to load a "corrupted" dump by setting trace flag 3282.  Build 416
also contains a number of other hot-fixes that did not make SP5 but were in
the base build that MS applied this fix to.  If you are already on the earlier
SP5 (build 415) then the only files you need to update are sqlservr.exe and

All Heartland Users Groups meetings are open to the general public.  Anyone
may attend any of the various monthly SIG meetings and the HUG general meeting.
If you are not already a member of the Heartland Users Groups, please consider
joining -- an individual membership is only $25.00.  Just ask the SIG leader or
any Heartland Users Groups officer for a membership form.  Your membership
entitles you to receive the monthly newsletter and makes you eligible to
receive door prizes at Heartland Users Groups events.

Thursday, February 4, 1999 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monthly SQL Server SIG Meeting
David Banks of Business Objects
presentation about enterprise decision support tools
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
See for details

Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Installing and Configuring Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 (Course No. 685)
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
Solutech, Inc. is offering this course FREE to Heartland Users Groups members
To register, send e-mail to Betsy Comer
See for more details.

Thursday, March 4, 1999 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM	
Monthly SQL Server SIG Meeting
Chris Miller, author of the new book 
SQL Server System Administration (The Landmark Series) 
presentation about SQL Server 7.0 Tips and Tricks
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
See for details

Thursday, April 1, 1999 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM	
Monthly SQL Server SIG Meeting
Topic and speaker TBA
At Solutech Inc.
7300 College BLVD, Suite 165
Overland Park, KS
See for details

See 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 for details.

Get a voucher worth $500 towards the 5-day System Administration for
Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 course (course #832).  See for details.

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.  In particular, we are actively
looking for a presenter and topic for our April 1, 1999 meeting.

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: .  Please feel free to offer any
ideas for improving the SQL Server SIG's page or for adding any links.

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