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  • Blog Post: Last Exam to Go on SQL Ranger 04!!

    Out last written exam tomorrow!!! There was definitely a sense of the end of a long journey when we finished the last class today (VLDB scenario). I don't think people will be jumping for the pub on Friday as everyone will be flopping down in bed ;-) The SQL ranger team and centre of Excellence folk...
  • Blog Post: SQL Ranger Class goes Carting

    After the third exam, we only had a few sessions today and then carting for the first down time some people have had in a while. Ken the Instructor and veteran SQL ranger from rotation 01 kicked some butt on the track. I was in his slipstream (err if 1/4 a lap behind counts as slipstream) for most of...
  • Blog Post: The Pressure of the MCA/Ranger Course

    Exam #3 at the SQL Ranger course is tomorrow and a few of the candidates and Instructors have spoken about the huge pressure on Candidates. Most people come from a community where they ARE the SQL experts and highest authority. Their managers, co-workers and love ones think it inconceivable that they...
  • Blog Post: Mid Way Through Ranger 03

    I've just survived week 3 of the SQL Ranger Rotation 04 here in Redmond. Whats its been like: a break neck sprint through level 300-500 content on SQL nearly every aspect of SQL. Man I thought I was good on SQL Server until Paul Randal started explaining low level on Disk Structures - or Gert Drapers...
  • Blog Post: Off to Ranger/MCA Training

    I'll be off to the states for the four week MCA:Database training. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/architect/database/default.mspx Speaking to people who have been on the course before this is really exciting. We get to spend four weeks in training with folks from the product team, and some pretty...
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