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    Quote of the Day – Motivation and Talent

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    “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” - Norman Augustine
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    Side-By-Side Installations – What gets changed?

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    I was asked yesterday if it was “OK” to install SQL Server 2008 R2 on a system that already had SQL Server 2008, but without upgrading. In other words, they wanted to keep both versions of SQL Server running at the different levels. That’s supported;...
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    Designing Dashboards

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    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...
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    Cross-Pollination

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    I was reading this post on J.D. Meier's Blog, which deals with the “cloud” (I really dislike that term) . You might wonder what that has to do with SQL Server, since it isn’t specifically about SQL Azure. I’ll come back to that in a moment. I play a little...
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    SQL Server Best Practices problem with this Windows Installer Package

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    A “Gotcha” is a “got you” or problem when you try to do something. Last week I blogged that I would be installing the Best Practices Analyzer for SQL Server 2008 R2. And I did – but not without a little trouble. I ran into an error that said: There is...
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    Quote of the Day: Perspective

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    “I have found that many issues in life can be placed into proper perspective by the application of a motorcycle and a sufficiently twisty road.” – Buck Woody
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    The SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer and Policy Based Management

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    The SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) came out for SQL Server 2008 R2 recently , and I’ve been asked what the difference is between the BPA and Policy Based Management (PBM) that was introduced in SQL Server 2008. While it’s true both of these...
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    There is No Perfect Information

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    I read a very interesting (and lengthy) article yesterday from Reuter’s ( you can find the whole thing here ) in which the author goes into some detail about people in the government that are self-described “data dogs”. I find it an interesting study...
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    The “D” in HADR

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    HADR is an acronym that stands for H igh A vailability / D isaster R ecovery. Although you can think of these two concepts individually, I prefer to think of them on a continuum. If your system is spread out across multiple locations, for instance, it...
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    Quote of the Day: Travel and its Consequences

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    I’m just back from Missouri, and I stayed in the Mark Twain State Park for a week. I visited Florida, MO where Samuel Clemens was born, and Hannibal, MO, where he grew up. He’s a fount of knowledge and wit, and one of my favorite writers. I though it...
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    My Performance Tuning Methodology

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    I was speaking with some folks yesterday about tuning a system, and they asked me about my methodology. As time goes on, I find myself doing things differently based on the situation, but there is a general approach I use that I'll explain here. This...
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    Check Script

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    Someone contacted me yesterday and said they were getting blocked when they tried to create a FileStream data column type. On investigation, I found they were Mirroring that database – and the two aren’t compatible. Which got me to thinking – it’s probably...
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    The Windows Page File and SQL Server

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    What is the best “Page File” size for a Windows system running SQL Server? I see this question over and over – and I see people answering it incorrectly all the time. Note: I’m talking specifically about 64-bit architectures here. The information is different...
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    What can a week in a cabin without a computer teach you about databases?

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    I’m back from a week (actually a week and two days) of being quite isolated in a cabin at the Mark Twain National State Park is Florida, Missouri. I took only a book and a guitar, and enough things to eat for the week, and not even much of that. Oh, and...
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    Quote of the Day: A Credo

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    To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes...
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    Is the Internet Making us Smarter or Not?

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    I’ve been reading recently about an exchange among some very bright folks, some who posit that the Internet with its instant-on, sometimes-right, big-statement-wins mentality is making people think in a more shallow way, teaching us to rely on others...
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    It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice

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    I’ve been a little “preachy” lately, telling you that you should let people finish their sentences, and always check a problem out before you tell a user that their issue is “impossible”. Well, I’ll round that out with one more tip today. Keep in mind...
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    Never Bet Against the Impossible

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    My uncle used to say “If a man tells you that his car squirts milk in his eye when you lift the hood, don’t bet against that. You’ll end up with milk in your eye.” My friend Allen White tells me this is taken from a play (and was said about playing cards...
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    SQL Saturday 43 (Redmond, WA) Review

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    Last Saturday (June 12th) we held a “SQL Saturday” ( more about those here ) event in Redmond, Washington. The event was held at the Microsoft campus, at the Mixer in our new location called the “Commons”. This is a mall-like area that we have on campus...
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    Quote of the Day: There are Alternatives to Organization

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    Organization and good planning are just crutches for people that can't handle stress and caffeine. - Unknown
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    TechEd 2010 Day Four: Learning how to help others learn

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    I do quite a few presentations, and teach at the University of Washington, and also teach other classes. But I'm always learning from others how to help others learn. At events like TechEd I have access to some of the best speakers around, so I try to...
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    TechEd 2010 Day Three: The Database Designer (Isn't)

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    Yesterday at TechEd 2010 here in New Orleans I worked the front-booth, answering general SQL Server questions for the masses. I was actually a little surprised to find most of the questions I got were from folks that wanted to know more about Stream Insight...
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    TechEd 2010 Day Two – No SQL Server in Sight

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    Today I worked the booth at TechEd 2010, manning the new “Surface” computer, which is just the coolest object on the planet. After that I didn’t attend a single SQL Server session – instead I’ve been frequenting SharePoint...
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    TechEd 2010 Day One – How I Travel

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    Normally when I blog on the first day of a conference, well, there hasn’t been a first day yet. So I talk about the value of a conference or some other facet. And normally in my (non-conference) blogs, I show you how I have learned to be a data...
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    Quote of the Day: On Choosing To Succeed

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    If you want to do something you will find a way. If you do not want to do something you will find a reason. -Unknown
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