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    Bonus Post – See you in Orlando!

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    I’ll be traveling all day tomorrow (Thursday), so no time for a post. I didn’t want you to think I’d “gone offline” permanently, so I’ll post this tonight. I’m flying down to the “Holy Land” – Florida – for a weekend of SQL Server. I’ll be part of the...
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    SQL Dev Connections Trip - or - Things you say when you’re tired and blogging from the airplane

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    I usually type these blog entries on the bus ride to work in Redmond. I live pretty far south of the main Microsoft campus, since the housing prices in Redmond are, well, let’s just say they are “high”. Since my bank account doesn’t quite approximate...
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    Can’t Travel for Training? No Problem

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    Right now it’s tough to get businesses to loosen the purse a little and get you out to some training. But you have features in the product that you’re not even able to use because you haven’t been trained. What’s a Data Professional to do? Why, go to...
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    Tips for (getting ready to deal with) Support

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    At one time or another, we all need a little help. When you’re knee-deep in Production and you run into a Problem, a little panic is unavoidable. Having a military background, I’ve been taught that the best way to deal with inevitable panic is preparation...
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    Non-Technical - Memorial Day

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    I'm technically "off" today, but I wanted to dedicate this blog to the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S. It's a time when we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. I served, as did my wife, in the U.S. Air Force at bases...
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    Difficult Visualizations

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    As I've mentioned, I'm a big fan of scripting. It's normally faster for me to type than to click. But there are times that it is difficult to do some operations in script - they are just easier in a graphical interface. One of those places is showing...
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    Quote of the Day: On Learning to Compromise

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    A “compromise” is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece. - Paul Gauguin
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    What to leave when you're leaving

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    There's already a post on this topic - sort of. I read this entry, where the author did a good job on a few steps , but I found that a few other tips might be useful, so if you want to check that one out and then this post, you might be able to put together...
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    Data is Just Data – Information – that’s another thing!

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    Many data professionals deal in the storage, retrieval and display of data from a central set of systems. But there is another side to our craft, and I think it’s the most rewarding part of the job for both the professional and the organization they serve...
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    Quote of the Day: On What Really Makes Something True

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    “Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're probably right.” - Henry Ford
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    The Importance of a Test System

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    Most of us have three environments in our organizations: Development, Staging, and Production. But I don't count Staging as a test system. Sure, I use it to do an integration test for code before it goes to the users, but that's not the only kind of testing...
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    ROI and the DBA

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    I love them three-letter acronyms! An “ROI” is a Return On Investment – it’s a basic financial calculation that places investments in a standard number so that they can be compared. If the number is positive, then it has a “good” return on investment...
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    On getting it done, but doing it wrong

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    It's Friday - time for the quote of the day. I've met some folks in my life that can get results, but at a great cost to everyone else. So the quote for today is: Any ship can be a minesweeper... once. Admiral Hornblower
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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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    Prepping for TechEd

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    TechEd USA is coming up in June, and I'm presenting a couple of times and working the booths. If you're going to be there, make sure you stop by and say hello! You might have to do presentations in your role, whether it is within your group as the...
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    Secure those Laptops

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    If your company uses laptops (and of course they do) make sure that the data on them is secure, especially if you're using replication in SQL Server to store data on them. Here at Microsoft I use Vista on my laptop with Bitlocker - a free, easy-to-use...
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    Using the @ in SQL Azure Connections

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    The other day I was working with a client on an application they were changing to a hybrid architecture – some data on-premise and other data in SQL Azure and Windows Azure Blob storage. I had them make a couple of corrections - the first was that...
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    Checking the "Feedback" Box

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    If you're installing SQL Server 2008, you'll get a panel near the end of the installation process that asks you if we can collect data on how you use the product. Check those boxes! I was with someone one time during their installation, and when that...
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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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    Quote of the Day: The Value of Television

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    I don't watch a lot of TV - I catch some of the financial news in the morning, a cooking show at night, and occasionally I'll watch something on the History Channel. But it does have its uses. A wise man once pointed out how it can make you smarter: "I...
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    Quote of the Day – On Having a Purpose

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    I try to live by this every day: “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.” – Charles Dickens
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    Vendors: Partners or Salespeople?

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    I got a great e-mail from a friend that asked about how he could foster a better relationship with his vendors. So many times when you work with a vendor it’s more of a used-car sales experience than a partnership – but you can actually make your vendor...
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    Quote of the Day - On What We've Really Learned

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    Great Quote: "Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." Andre Gide
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    Is a Comprehensive Data Map Possible?

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    Most of us design a "CRUD" (Create, Read, Update and Delete) matrix for an application's database. And if you are really thorough, you create a data dictionary that shows what data goes where and why. The problem with these documents is that...
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    Mandelbrots and SQL Server

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    I was watching Nova last night and they talked to Benoit Mandelbrot, the man who codified some of the math that bears his name. This math branch deals with "rough" or repeating surfaces. You probably already know that Transact-SQL can be used...
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