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  • Blog Post: Help Me Help You

    Before I start this post, let me say that it is not pointed at any one person - if you've asked me for help recently, this isn't about you! The programming and administration computer disciplines are fairly unique, in my mind, in one interesting way: we help each other a lot. Since the beginning of the...
  • Blog Post: ... and yet another way to find SQL Server Instances with PowerShell ...

    I got another great comment today on the last two posts: Good article today on searching out SQL servers with PS. The combination of your and Ben's methods work best though. In Ben's example, you have to pull back all the Win32_Service objects and then are filtering locally. The more efficient way...
  • Blog Post: The Biggest Problem We Face

    Last night I gave a presentation to the Pacific Northwest SQL User Group. I mentioned that we often think our biggest problems are lack of time, too much work, people we have to deal with or technical issues. But all of us get done only what we can, we manage to deal with the people at work that are...
  • Blog Post: Copying the Favorites from Books Online

    I get asked a lot if it is possible to copy the Favorites from Books Online to another Favorites folder on another computer. The answer is yes! The Help Favorites are stored by default in: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\VS Help...
  • Blog Post: Slicing Books Online

    With all of the content in Books Online arranged into a single table-of-contents, it’s sometimes difficult to find information that “spans” topics. For instance, if you want to find out about general security topics, you’ll find they are spread across many sections of Books Online. Although we try to...
  • Blog Post: Books Online Innovations

    It's just documentation - right? Well, there's actually a bit more to it than that. Of course, we update the content of Books Online all the time, as I've mentioned before. But we've also innovated in the way that we present and deliver the content. I asked Bryan, a friend that works here with me, to...
  • 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: 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...
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