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    Quote of the Day - Things of Value

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    We've had a great Thanksgiving data, and in our family we always go around the table and mention what we are thankful for. I thought of this quote Goethe: Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day. - Goethe
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Bonus Post: My PASS Schedule

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    I’ll be speaking again at PASS this year, and I’m heavily involved in the event when I’m not speaking. I would love to meet you – if you’re a reader of this blog, please stop by and say hello! As of right now, here’s where’s I’ll be: Tuesday: 11:00 AM...
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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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    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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    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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    Finding the "Real" Problem

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    I think half of what I do as a DBA is "spelunking" - exploring the situation at hand to see what the real problem is. Nine times out of ten, the thing that was presented to me isn't the thing I end up working on. So where do you start with this...
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    More than One Platform

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    Many Data Professionals I deal with work with more than just SQL Server. I came from a background of COBOL flat-file databases, worked with Oracle, DB/2, Ingres, and lots of other databases as well. While I find that the SQL Server professionals I know...
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    SQL Server Express Installation Changes

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    There's a new, streamlined installation package for SQL Server Express that makes it a lot easier to push out to your systems. Make sure you bookmark this link: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2008/11/05/announcing-the-sql-express-2008-installation...
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    Quote of the Day – On Change

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    They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol
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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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    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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    Quote of the Day - on keeping your perspective

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    At 20 we worry about what others think of us, at 40, we don’t care what they think of us, and at 60, we find out others haven’t been thinking about us at all. - Bob Hope
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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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    The Green DBA

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    Well, this morning I'm feeling a little "under the weather", so I'm working from home. Other than physically attending meetings I'm able to do just about everything else from here, thanks to a VPN, Remote Desktop, and Livemeeting. As I'm sitting here...
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    Data Movement and the Decision Matrix

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    Maybe it’s my military background, or maybe I’ve always had this predilection, but I like to use two devices when I need to make a complex decision: A checklist and a decision matrix. I like to use a checklist because it ensures that I remember the big...
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    Learning New Tech on SQL Server Virtualization – From Vendors

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    I’m at PASS this year, and one of the things I’ve learned this time is that I can learn from – the vendors!  Most of the “big” names are here, like Idera, Redgate, Quest, and more, but I ran into some folks yesterday I hadn’t spoken with before ...
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    Quote of the Day: Dissenting Opinions

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    Seems in our current climate the only thing we can’t tolerate is someone else’s thoughts. The sides of the arguments we hear are those that are the most shrill. In that environment, you’ll notice there are some people in the back that don’t speak up ...
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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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    Securing your systems for vacation

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    My good friend Stephen Wynkoop over at SSWUG.ORG has a great post today . I don't normally "cross post", referencing other people's material here on this blog, since I figure you're reading mine to learn something new. But this topic is so important I...
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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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    Knowing the Business

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    I mentioned the other day that I'm teaching a college course at the University of Washington, and as part of that we're doing a complete database project from requirements gathering to a completed database with all its objects. The students have done...
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