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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Worry

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