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    Change it! No wait, Leave it Alone!

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    We've used two major system management paradigms for SQL Server: The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and the Visual Studio shared components. In early versions of SQL Server, we had Enterprise Manager for most management tasks from a graphical standpoint...
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    Help Me Help You Fix That

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    If you've been redirected here because you posted on a forum, or asked a question in an e-mail, the person wanted you to know how to get help quickly from a group of folks who are willing to do so - but whose time is valuable. You need to put a little...
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    Create your own MCM Program - Learning to Learn

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    A lot of electronic ink has been spilled over our recent (and sudden) announcement that we are retiring the highest-level certifications here at Microsoft. At the same time, I'll be teaching a one-day class at the SQL Saturday event in Cambridge, UK on...
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    How Does the Cloud Change a Database Administrator’s Job?

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    I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization . In a way, the Systems Architect has the easiest transition to a new way of using computing technologies. In fact, that’s actually...
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    Is Data Science “Science”?

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    I hold the term “science” in very high esteem. I grew up on the Space Coast in Florida, and eventually worked at the Kennedy Space Center, surrounded by very intelligent people who worked in various scientific fields. Recently a new term...
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    Management and Monitoring Tools for Windows Azure

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    (Last updated on 01/15/2013) With such a large platform, Windows Azure has a lot of moving parts. We’ve done our best to keep the interface as simple as possible, while giving you the most control and visibility we can. However, as with most...
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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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    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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    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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    Make it Easy for People to Help You

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    OK, there are probably a dozen or more of these kinds of posts, but I’ll dive in anyway. From time to time, people send me e-mails or comments on this blog asking for help. Sometimes it’s on the topic at hand, and other times the topic just jogs their...
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    Book review (Book 6) - Wikinomics

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for November 2011 was: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott...
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    Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases

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    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...
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    Quote of the Day: On the Efficiency of Government

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    "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman
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    Don’t mess with the system databases in SQL Server, or Error: 916

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    Note: If you’re reading this more than a few months away from July of 2010, do more research. Never trust an old blog as gospel on anything, including my entries. Always refer to Books Online for the authoritative answer, and if it’s wrong...
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    Certification Notes: 70-583 Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications

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    Last Updated: 07/04/2011 It’s time for another certification, and we’ve released the 70-583 exam on Windows Azure. I’ve blogged my “study plans” here before on other certifications, so I thought I would do the same for...
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    How I work: Standing Desk Update

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    <This is a non-technical post, at least mostly> Back in January I wrote a post on switching to a stand-up desk arrangement . Since then folks have asked me if I stuck with it, how it worked out, and will I go back to sitting down to work. I thought...
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    Azure Design Patterns

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    I have a lot of learning resources you can find here at my blog, but I wanted to point one out this morning. It's a Silverlight application called "Azure Design Patterns". You can find it at http://azuredesignpatterns.com/, and it's an interesting way...
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    It’s Data Tier Application and Data Application Component

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    OK – In SQL Server 2008 R2 we did “re-use” an acronym or two (DAC and DTA), but it’s important to remember there are actually two parts to this new feature. One is the Data Application Component (DAC) and the other is the Data Tier Application (DTA)....
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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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    The Most Effective Learning Methods – The Results

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    Yesterday I posted a blank graph and asked where you thought the labels should go for the most effective learning methods, according to a study they read to me and other teachers here at the University of Washington. Here are the labels in the correct...
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    Using Outlook Tasks for a Performance Review

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    At Microsoft, we have a performance review twice a year to ensure we're on track towards meeting the goals that we set up at the beginning of the year with our manager. I've been a manager multiple times in my career, so I've been on both sides of the...
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    Script of the day: Count all objects in a database

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    This script counts all of your objects in the database, at least the ones stored in the sysobjects table. Some objects (such as jobs) don't show up there - one day I'll add those: /* usc_DBA_Count_Objects.sql Author: Buck Woody Purpose: Shows a quick...
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    Bring Back the TaskPad!

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    I mentioned a few posts back that a lot of people asked us to bring back the Query Analyzer, since many just want to jump into the query tool and start typing. I explained that you can get the same behavior – even better, in mu opinion – by just setting...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Performance – Top Queries by *

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio . Today I'm covering four reports at a time – the performance reports that are broken down by average and total times. The reason I’ll cover all four of them is that they...
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    Transport Systems

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    I’ve worked on a couple of SAP systems, both the “R” flavors and the BW product. Although I had my learning challenges with them, there was one construct there I really liked. It was the transport mechanism. Basically what this involved was setting...
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