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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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    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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    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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    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 - 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    SQL Server 2005 Service Pack Three is Available

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    Load this after you thoroughly read the release notes - no, seriously, take a little time and do that. And as always, test, test, test! SP3 (Std, Dev, Ent) SP3 Express SP3 Express Advanced SP3 express Toolkit SQL 2005 Feature Pack Refresh...
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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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    A Writer's Toolkit

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    Even in a technical role, communication is paramount. If you don't read widely and communicate well, your progression suffers. And one of the primary modes of communication is writing. I've written several books, articles and blogs (see "Publications...
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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 Reputation

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    “Character is like a tree, and reputation is like its shadow.” Abraham Lincoln
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    Quote of the Day – On Thankfulness

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    Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the U.S. – a time not just for family, rest and food, but most supremely of giving thanks. We give thanks to God and to each other for the infinite blessings we share. No matter what we think we have need of, that which...
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    A Master Class in Sloppy Project Management

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    I was reading a story early this morning about a failed database project in the UK - and it was a big failure. The basic gist was that the project was managed badly - so badly that a Member of Parliment made the statement that "they delivered a master...
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    Customer Meeting on Accessibility

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    Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with a DBA who was visiting us from Australia. He is an amazing fellow. He originally set out to be a doctor, but found that he was losing his sight. He switched to studying law, but found that he enjoyed technology...
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    Freedom

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    It's Friday - and today's quote of the day is about freedom and what it means: Freedom is nothing else other than a chance to be better. Albert Camus
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    Data from Distributed Nodes

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    I mentioned a presentation the other day that we got from a scientist from Johns Hopkins University. He mentioned that they had multiple Petabyte projects going on. Last night as I was flying to Tucson Arizona I read several articles in the "Communications...
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    Quote of the day: On leveraging what you can

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    I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow. - Woodrow Wilson
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    TechEd Europe 2008 Day Three – Policy Based Management

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    Following on from yesterday’s post, I wanted to develop this idea of “intent” in management. What we mean by that is that you should be able to declare your intent about a situation on your server, such as “I want to make sure that all stored procedures...
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    There are no absolutes - including this one

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    Today's quote of the day is one I use quite often: Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use. - Anonymous
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    How Microsoft Does IT

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    One of my favorite ways to learn is through examples. If you’ll explain what something does and a little of how it works,and then give me an example to decompose, I usually come up to speed pretty quickly. I’ve been carrying a DVD (and CD’s before that...
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