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    Real World DBA Episode 8 – SQL Server Features – Database Mirroring

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    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...
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    Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss...

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    In an article I read recently by Ian Bramley from Mainframe Executive Magazine, several advantages were put forth on why you should consider moving to or staying on mainframe applications. Many of these dealt with downtime and security, which I’ll capitulate...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – The Full List

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    I've completed documenting all of the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio. You can get to them from the tags, but I thought I would post a list of them all here with the links. I hope that you've been able to put some of this information...
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    PowerShell - Where is It?

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    As you may know, we’ve created a SQL Server 2008 provider for PowerShell. With this very cool feature you’re able to navigate SQL Server and it’s objects as easily as you could the file system on your hard drive. You also have access to all of the properties...
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    SQL Serve 2005 Cumulative Update 7

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    The information for the Cumulative Update (CU) 7 is now available - make sure you check that out here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949095/en-us
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Top Jobs

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the management reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking the SQL Server Agent node. From the menu...
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    Real World DBA Episode 7 – SQL Server Features - Clustering

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    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...
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    But is it really new?

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    I was showing a visitor some of the new improvements we have in SQL Server 2008 and when I started SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), he said "oh, I thought you had something new." He expected to see a new user interface for SQL Server 2008. I...
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    Policy Based Management

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    One of the biggest new features in SQL server 2008 is Policy Based Management (PBM), which used to be called Declarative Management Framework (DMF). This feature can be compared to a “state machine” – that means it can set a state for you and either...
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    Support for SQL Server 2000 is ending - make your plans!

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    We're at the end of "Mainstream" support for SQL Server 2000, which is April 8th, 2008. If you're still using this version in your enterprise, you need to plan to move off of that version platform starting now. Many folks are planning to "jump" from SQL...
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    Real World DBA Episode 6 – Upgrading SQL Server

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    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...
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    Windows 2008 Terminal services and SQL SSMS

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    One of our Principal Architects, Eddy Bell, shared a great writeup with me that I think is a great way to leverage Windows 2008 and SQL Server 2008. It answers a need that I've seen over and over again - the ability to connect to SQL Server Management...
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    Microsoft Loves DBA's

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    I wanted to show you some of the things the group has been working on. You might not see all these features in your latest CTP, but they are scheduled for the Final Release. I hope you like the list! Title Component Advantage What's the big deal? Connection...
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    System Visualization - Working in a Team

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    One of the main tasks I have is thinking about how we should design tools to help visualize a system. There are plenty of challenges, as I've alluded to before. Do youshow an object-based paradigm or a task-based one, or some of both? How do you manage...
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    Checking Your System

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    In most checklists for SQL Server, including the one I explained on my last Podcast , you're told to "check your system". In fact, most instructors and DBA Experts will not look kindly on you if you don’t. But what does that mean? Well, I’ll probably...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Job Steps Execution History

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the management reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking the SQL Server Agent node. From the menu...
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    Real World DBA Episode 5 – The DBA Checklist

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    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...
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    A visit from the flu kitty

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    I normally don't just point out other links in this blog, because I figure that you read this one for original content. But today I'll break that rule for two reasons: The link is just so cool, and I got a visit from the "Flu Kitty" last night so I'm...
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    A Match Made in Heaven: SQL 2K8 and Windows 2K8

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    You may already know that you get some real benefits by pairing up SQL Server 2005 on Windows server 2003. You get to tie out SQL Server accounts to some of the Windows Security Policies, for instance. This trend continues with SQL Server 2008 on Windows...
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    The Enterprise DBA

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    In a couple of other posts, I’ve covered some of the challenges and strategies for dealing with those challenges that DBAs face. I mentioned that in my experience, the answers depend on the “kind” of DBA you are. I've covered the “single-seat” DBA and...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Notification Services - General

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the management reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking the Management node. From the menu that...
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    Real World DBA: Episode 4 - Prepping for Install

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    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...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Number of Errors

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio and today we’re in the management reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking the Management node. From the menu that...
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    "Hey.....Hey...Hey...Don't be mean. You don't have to be mean."

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    Well, I had another post I had planned for today, but after reviewing some customer bugs and some newsgroups where I give out free help (on my own time, mind you) I had to change my mind. I've seen this behavior in grocery stores, online forums, and bug...
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    Theory or Practice?

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    As most of you know, I'm big on practical advice. My Podcast is even called the "Real World DBA" . I think until something becomes concrete, it's tough to buy off on it. On the other hand... I work in theoretical settings all day long. I deal with...
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