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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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    SQL Server 2008 SP1 is Now Available

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    SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is now available for download at the following location: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=66ab3dbb-bf3e-4f46-9559-ccc6a4f9dc19&displayLang=en As always, read the release notes before you install...
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    Enterprise Policy Management Framework

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    A good friend of mine, Lara Rubbelke, created a great framework for Policy Based Management. It uses a combination of PowerShell and Reporting Services along with PBM to help you track multiple servers, and keep them in compliance. She's posted the whole...
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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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    Service Accounts Redux

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    The other day I made a post that mixed a couple of concepts. I mentioned that you should always use a separate set of Windows accounts for the SQL Server Engine and Agent services. I also mentioned security ramifications. The fact that the SQL Server...
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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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    The Bellevue Arts Festival and Software Development

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    This past Saturday my family and I went to the Bellevue Arts Festival near our home here in Washington. I'm constantly amazed by the "artist's eye" - someone gifted with being able to see what they want to draw, or paint, or make art out of any material...
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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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    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: 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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    Quote of the Day: What is Impossible

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    When I worked at the Space Center in Florida, one of my favorite quotes was posted over a particular rocket engine display near my office. It’s by Werner Von Braun, a German scientist who is largely responsible for the Redstone and Apollo Space Programs...
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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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    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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    SQL PASS Pre-Conference Presentation

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    I'll be presenting at lots of conferences soon - SQL Saturday in Olympia Washington, several webcasts, TechEd Brazil and then TechEd Europe in Barcelona. But I'll also be presenting at one of the biggest SQL-Geekfests there is - SQL PASS. I'll be doing...
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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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    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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    Women and Cats

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    I will not explain why I chose this quote for today (it could have to do with the fact that I’m the only male in the house and yes, we do have a cat): “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” - Robert...
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    Bonus Post – The PASS Dakar

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    OK, this will probably never happen, and I have no official affiliation with the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) at all, everyone will think is crazy, but at the PASS yearly conference I would really like to see this competition:  ...
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    Quote of the Day: On Worry

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    Don't let worry be the default response to uncertainty. -Buck Woody
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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 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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    Video Interview

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    While I was at the SSWUG Virtual Conference prep, I did an interview – a very lengthy, hyper-caffeinated one. Not sure how well I came off in it – gosh, do I really sound (and look!) like that? Youch. There is some useful information in there about...
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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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    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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    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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