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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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    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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    Moving the "Debug" Button

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    We made a tremendous amount of improvements in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) for SQL Server 2008. Some of them you can see, such as being able to add different columns in Object Explorer Details, and others you can't, such as the speed improvements...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    TechEd 2008 Day One - The Blogger's Lounge

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    Well, I'm back "home" in Florida - for a week, anyway! I'm at the second week (the IT Pro one) and I'll be working the booth, delivering some sessions, and I'll also be in the blogger's lounge from 1:00-2:00 on Tuesday. If you write a blog, come by and...
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    Migrations and ROI

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    We've had a lot of folks switching to SQL Server from other platforms lately. They start looking at SQL Server because many of the other vendors are prohibitively expensive, and they also charge for things that come with SQL Server out of the box, like...
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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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    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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    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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    Are You Archiving Your Data?

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    Computer technology has been a fixture of business now for several decades - but I'm not sure it's a "mature" industry yet. Sure, we have a few standards, and some dominant vendors and a strong workforce - all earmarks of a mature industry ...
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    PASS 2008 Conference - Day Three

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    Well, the "official" start of PASS was today, and it opened with a bang! Ted Kummert, the "head guy" of the entire SQL Server product, gave the keynote and he introduced a lot of the new technology we're working towards. First things first: We're releasing...
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    PASS 2008 Conference – Day One

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    Yeah, I’m at another conference – but I didn’t have to travel far for this one! I’m at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference here in Seattle, Washington. OK, I did have to take a train and a bus to get to the convention center...
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    Quote of the Day: On writing the new year

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    "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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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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    TechEd 2008 Starts

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    TechEd 2008 started yesterday, although this year it is broken up into two parts. The first week is primarily aimed at developers, and the second week is imed at what Microsoft calls "IT Pro's", which means everyone who isn't a developer. That's kind...
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    TechEd 2008 Day Two

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    Wow - even with the split format of TechEd this year there are a TON of people here! And they are very focused. I've made it a point to meet as many people as I can in the booth, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even in the hallways of my hotel. ...
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    quote of the day - not focusing on the past

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    "My interest is in the future because I'm going to spend the rest of my life there."  - Charles F. Kettering
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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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    The Great American Shakeout

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    Yesterday here in the U.S. the state of California had a "Shakeout", which was a practice for what to do in case of an earthquake. Although not everyone was involved, many government agencies were, and some companies also joined in. Japan also...
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    The way to the future - Hybrid systems

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    I've written before (as have others) about the dangers of an "either/or" mentality with various technologies, including the "cloud". Companies are starting to understand this message - I've been traveling a lot this year from Alaska to California, from...
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    Server Consolidation Done Right

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    Consolidating your servers is all the rage, especially since you can save money by doing it. You can save not only on the hardware, but the licenses. To do that properly, you need a strategy. You start by detailing what you have, and then lay out the...
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