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  • Blog Post: A SQL Saturday in Cambridge – Buck Woody’s Ragtime Database Workshop

    The SQL Server community is really engaged. They are an active bunch on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, they help each other on forums, they attend conferences. But that isn’t enough interaction – the community started a grass-roots effort to hold local conferences on a Saturday. Free conferences...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 20 – Help! I’m a new DBA (part two)

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-20--Help-Im-a-new-DBA-part-two/ This week: In the news, The SQL Server site has been redesigned. In this week’s feature, I’ll give you the final part of a fast introduction to being a DBA. The web link is on RAID levels, and the tip this...
  • 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 18 – Connecting to SQL Server

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-18-Connecting-to-SQL-Server/ This week: In the news, the SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack for RC0 is now available. In this week’s feature, we’ll talk about accessing SQL Server. The web link is on deciding to use SQL Server or Microsoft Access...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 17 - SQL Server Features – Encryption

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-16-SQL-Server-Features--Encryption/ This week: In the news, CU 8 is now available for SQL Server 2005. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about SQL Server Encryption. The web link is...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 16 - SQL Server Features – Web Services

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-16-SQL-Server-Features--Web-Services/ This week: In the news, the SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate is now available. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about SQL Server’s Web Services...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 15 - SQL Server Features – Service Broker

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-15-SQL-Server-Features--Service-Broker/ This week: In the news, SQL Injection Attacks are on the rise. Learn what you can do to protect your data. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 14 - SQL Server Features – Full Text Indexing

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-14-SQL-Server-Features--Full-Text-Indexing This week: In the news, The TechNet site has some new updates. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about Full Text Indexing. The web link is on...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 13 – SQL Server Features – XML

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-13--SQL-Server-Features-XML/ This week: In the news, you could win a Windows Home Server, just for evaluating Microsoft products. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about SQL Server’s XML...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 12 – SQL Server Features –SSIS

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-12--SQL-Server-Features-SSIS/ This week: In the news, Microsoft and Dell have teamed up to provide “out of the box” Business Intelligence systems. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 11 – SQL Server Features – Reporting Services

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-11--SQL-Server-Features--Reporting-Services/ This week: In the news, Microsoft updates the “Script Center”, In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about Reporting Services. The web link is on scaling...
  • Blog Post: Episode 10 - SQL Server Features- Analysis Services

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Episode-10-SQL-Server-Features-Analysis-Services/ This week: In the news, Microsoft has announced that the Incremental Service Model will include Service Packs. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about Analysis...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 9 – SQL Server Features – SQL Server Replication

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-9--SQL-Server-Features--SQL-Server-Replication/ This week: In the news, there’s a new way to read SQL Server Documentation. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about SQL Server Replication...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA Episode 8 – SQL Server Features – Database Mirroring

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Episode-08-SQL-Server-Features-Mirroring/ This week: In the news, there’s a new Service Pack in the works for SQL Server 2005. In this week’s feature, we’ll continue the introduction to SQL Server Features and talk about Database Mirroring. The web link shows...
  • 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 5 – The DBA Checklist

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-5--The-DBA-Checklist/ This week: In the news, learn how you could win an Xbox, just for finding a bug. In this week’s feature, you’ll learn how to create your own DBA checklist. The web link shows you where all the SQL Server samples have gone...
  • Blog Post: Real World DBA: Episode 4 - Prepping for Install

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Episode-4-Prepping-for-Install/ This week: In the news, Microsoft has updated the community links for SQL Server. In this week’s feature, I’ll explain the “big deal” about preparing for an installation, the web link shows you how to corrupt a database – on purpose...
  • 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: Real-World DBA Podcast Show Notes – Episode 1: SQL Server Editions

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Real-World-DBA-Episode-1-SQL-Server-Editions/ The Zune(OK, iPod works too) link for subscription is here: http://edge.technet.com/Tags/Real+World+DBA/feed/ipod/ And the general RSS feed is here: http://edge.technet.com/Tags/Real+World+DBA/RSS/ Introduction (Cue...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Real World DBA

    On the bus-ride to work, I listen to some music while I work on the laptop, and each morning I listen to a Podcast or two. Some are very good - others are just passable - so I thought I would toss my hat in the ring. In the next couple of weeks I'll introduce a new Podcast on the "edge" network, which...
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