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  • Blog Post: More Sounds from PASS

    If you're interested in downloading a few of the interviews done with myself, Paul Randall, Kimberly Tripp and others, check out this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/radio Below are direct links to the wma and mp3s: WMA http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/3/1/631A3F4A-791B-4297...
  • Blog Post: SQL Down Under Podcast - and Another Upgrade Resource

    At PASS a couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Greg Low from Australia.We had a great time chatting about PowerShell, Microsoft, and all things SQL. Check it out here (who number 41): http://sqldownunder.com/PreviousShows/tabid/98/Default.aspx I mentioned that there are lots of resources for upgrading...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 19 – Help! I’m a new DBA (part one)

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-19--Help-Im-a-new-DBA-part-one/ This week: In the news, Microsoft has “Velocity”. In this week’s feature, I’ll give you the first part of a fast introduction to being a DBA. The web link is on 64-bit architectures and SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Free "Basic Training" for SQL Server

    I answer a lot of questions about SQL Server - on forums, in newsgroups, in presentations and so on - and many are "101", or basic questions. That's great! I don't have a problem with that at all - I enjoy helping someone that is new to SQL Server learn the ropes. Over the years I've collected some really...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 7 – SQL Server Features - Clustering

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-7--SQL-Server-Features-Clustering/ This week: In the news, SQL Server is now out of Mainstream Support – and I’ll show you where to find out what support options you have. In this week’s feature, I’ll explain the basic concepts of SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 6 – Upgrading SQL Server

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-6--Upgrading-SQL-Server/ This week: In the news, Microsoft updates SQL Server Webcasts, in this week’s feature, we’ll cover the processes and procedures you need to follow for an upgrade. The web link shows you where to find a graphic of the...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 3 – Does Join Order Matter?

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-3--Does-Join-Order-Matter/ This Week In the news, Microsoft releases a web-based database service. In this week’s feature I’m joined by Joe Webb, who answers the question “Does Join Order Matter”? The web link shows you how to architect Service...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 2 - Using the Right Identity

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-2-Using-the-Right-Identity/ (Note - there was one section in the podcast where I was not clear about the intent of a statement. Please see the "Addendum" section below for more on that!) This Week In the news, the outlook on DBA jobs looks good...
  • Blog Post: How Do I Do That?

    Did you know you can quickly locate all kinds of topics that walk you step-by-step through a lot of the common tasks in SQL Server, from backups to creating a report in Reporting Services? In the local client (DExplorer) tool, just look on the top bar for the "How do I" button and click it. From the...
  • Blog Post: Great new Learning Resource

    We have a lot of content out there - a LOT. But how do you find it all? We have a great new resource that one of our team members put together. It’s a customized Windows Live search, that limits results to Books Online. Check this out, and make sure you let your contacts know to visit it and provide...
  • Blog Post: Is Books Online Online?

    "Books Online" has become an industry standard for documentation, with a really long history. Before it became so large, it used to actually be a set of books, and you could read them electronically, hence the name. But Books Online is no longer published as a book (it's far too large for that), although...
  • Blog Post: Using the Search Feature

    SQL Server Books Online is an absolutely huge resource. With over 58,000 pages that change several times a year, it's like getting all of the books at one time that you are ever going to use from Grade-School through College. Not only that, it is used by beginners, intermediates and experts; by developers...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Books Online is Updated!

    As I mentioned in my last blog post , SQL Server is updated several times a year - our team calls this a "web refresh". Isn't it great that we come up with new words to describe things? Anyway, SQL Server Service Pack 2 just released , and Books Online must be updated right after you finish the SP2 install...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Books Online

    Most of us have stacks of books on our shelves about SQL Server. But you also have an amazing resource that you get for free with SQL Server, or even on the web: Books Online. Some of you might not know how SQL Server Books Online is put together and what goes into it, so I thought I’d explain what’s...
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