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  • Blog Post: The Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Windows Azure Training Kit (WATK)

    Windows Azure is a platform that allows you to write software, run software, or use software that we've already written. We provide lots of resources to help you do that - many can be found right here in this blog series. There are two primary resources you can use, and it's important to understand what...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure End to End Examples

    I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts...
  • Blog Post: Application Lifecycle Management Overview for Windows Azure

    Developing in Windows Azure is at once not that much different from what you’re familiar with in on-premises systems, and different in significant ways. Because of these differences, developers often ask about the specific process to develop and deploy a Windows Azure application - more formally called...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: High-Performance Computing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Hybrid Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Organizations see the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Web Applications

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Many applications have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: New Development

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx Description: Computing platforms evolve...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Agility

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: Agility in this context...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases

    The key to effectively leveraging “Cloud Computing” or more accurately, Distributed Computing architectures like Windows and SQL Azure is to implement them where they make the most sense. This is actually good advice for any computing paradigm, but some folks believe that a particular tool...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Use Case: Elastic Scale

    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases.aspx   Description: “Elastic Scale” is a...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft IT Showcase

    I had dinner in Seattle ( three words: bacon-wrapped-steak ) with the folks that put on "How Microsoft Does IT" (get it? Does "it", "IT"? OK, I'm easily amused) and I wanted to point out this fantastic resource to you - again. I rave about it all the time, because before I started at Microsoft I worked...
  • Blog Post: Presentation Links: SQL Server Performance Tuning (Quest)

    I worked with a team of folks brought together by Quest software, and we presented multiple sessions on SQL Server Performance Tuning. Here are the links I mentioned during those presentations: Blitz! SQL Server Takeovers (Brent) You're minding your own business in your corner office - well...
  • Blog Post: Designing Dashboards

    Not all data professionals get into the "front end" of the applications that hit their data. But most of us end up having to do a "dashboard" of information, even if it's a dashboard of our system information and performance tracking. I do this quite often for myself and for other folks, and I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Data-tier Applications in SQL Server 2008 R2

    I had the privilege of presenting to the Adelaide SQL Server User Group in Australia last evening, and I covered the Data Access Component (DAC) and the Utility Control Point (UCP) from SQL Server 2008 R2. Here are some links from that presentation: Whitepaper: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server for the Oracle DBA Links

    I do a presentation (and a class) called "SQL Server for the Oracle DBA". It's a non-marketing overview that gives you the basics of working with SQL Server if you're already familiar wtih how Oracle works. This class and these links DO NOT help you with "Why should I use Oracle/SQL Server instead of...
  • Blog Post: Consolidation Strategy References

    I have a presentation that I give on SQL Server Consolidation Strategies, and in that presentation I talk about a few links that are useful. Here are some that I’ve found – feel free to comment on more, or if these links go stale:   Consolidation using SQL Server: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us...
  • Blog Post: Data Design

    I give series of classes and presentations on Data Design. I say “data” design instead of “database” design because we should consider more than just the database. Data might actually be stored in non-relational stores, such as Excel or XML files, and it might also be located in remote data stores like...
  • Blog Post: Data as Strategy

    I’ve created a presentation called “Data as Strategy”, and in it I cover multiple solutions for various issues that organizations face in dealing with the “new world” of data management. No longer are we just DBA’s or Developers, now we’re part of the broader business strategy of using data in strategic...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Does IT - Updated

    I’ve pointed out this link before, and I’ll definitely bring it up again. Microsoft is one of the few companies I know, especially the big ones, that explains how they run their IT. We have a fantastic, I mean really fantastic site that you should definitely check out. Can save you lots of time, and...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

    Want some free training? I think Microsoft does an amazing job of getting training out for free. If you need a boost for your career, are just starting out, or need to re-tool after a layoff, or if you just want to become more familiar with the latest version, you can access these resources to learn...
  • Blog Post: A Web Based Search for Books Online

    As many of you know, I used to work on documentation like whitepapers and Books Online for SQL Server. One of the main problems I've found with our documentation isn't that there is not enough content - we have over 65,000 pages in BOL alone - but that it is hard to find. The search tool inside the "fat"...
  • Blog Post: Which Edition of SQL Server is Right For Me?

    If you're planning an installation or an upgrade of your systems, make sure you think about the right edition while you're in the planning process. This includes planning for something that uses SQL Server, such as Sharepoint. As you're aware, there are multiple editions of SQL Server, even since the...
  • Blog Post: Free User Group Support

    As you know, I'm a big proponent of User Groups. I've been in charge of many, and I still present at them and attend my local PASS chapter. I just found a fantastic free resource for user groups - free content, advice, and even money!  Check it out here: http://www.ugss.codezone.com/MyUGSS.CodezoneCom...
  • Blog Post: Check that database before you restore it...

    I'm on my way to the city of Seattle this morning on the train and I ran across an issue with a database restore. I've been working with Service Broker and then put it out of my mind. I then backed up said database and restored it the same instance as a test. Then things started going awry... Then this...
  • Blog Post: Which Edition is Right for Me?

    I had a discussion the other day with someone who had some questions about Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2008. In many cases, I've seen someone not using the "right size" of SQL Server. Many installations really call for Enterprise Edition when they are using Standard. They'll use an edition...
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