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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Weekly Challenge – Tools for Thought Site

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    A good friend of mine years ago showed me this web site: http://www.rheingold.com/texts/tft/ . I took my lunch hour each day for a week or so and read each “page” on this site. It deals with computer technology history in a way that I had never read before...
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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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    Microsoft User Experience Studies at PASS for SQL Server and Azure

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    One of the great things about attending the Summit Conference for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) is that you can participate in studies that Microsoft conducts to find out how we create our next projects. My good friend Dr. Mark Stempski...
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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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    Lessons from Volunteering

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    Saturday I volunteered at a work-day at our church. Our building is one of the first buildings built in this area of Washington, so it’s a beautiful old structure, which of course means there’s lots of maintenance. I’m fairly decent with tools, I’ve done...
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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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    TechEd 2008 Day Four

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    Well, it's the last day of the conference. I had a great time in the booth this morning, and I gave two presentations today. The first is called " A day in the Life of the DBA", and in that presentation I promise to get an hour back for you in your DBA...
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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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    It’s OK to take a Shortcut Sometimes

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    I was working this weekend with a fairly simple Excel spreadsheet, and I had to decompose one cell in it out to three columns in a SQL Server table. There are tools within SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) that should be able to do that, but I just...
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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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    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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    Quote of the Day: The man who needs a vacation

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    “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” - Elbert Hubbard
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    Quote of the day, and the long flight home

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    I have one more presentation today here in Brazil, and then a 24-hour flight to Seattle. Ah, for the ability to sleep on the plane. I've never been able to do it! I have had an amazing time here in Brazil, and the people are the best part. They are so...
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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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    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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    TechEd 2008 Day Three

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    This morning I sat in on a panel discussing automation for SQL Server. Taking what we've learned about DBA's doing multiple jobs, we had a great set of questions around the best way to automate manually created maintenance plans and integrate them with...
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    Knowledge is how you break the rules

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    Last night I had to do something on a production system that you're not supposed to do. It's not important what I did or where I did it, but I will explain why I did it. A friend was in a situation where it was either "break the rules" or lose the system...
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    Which Edition is Right for Me?

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    I had a discussion the other day with someone who had some questions about Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2008. In many cases, I've seen someone not using the "right size" of SQL Server. Many installations really call for Enterprise Edition...
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    Quote of the Day - On keeping money in perspective

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    "Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million." - Arnold Schwarzenegger
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    BI - Where is the most time spent?

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    I was speaking with my class last evening about Business Intelligence projects. I divide BI projects into a few broad steps, regardless of the vendor for the solution at the end: 1. Understanding the business and its data 2. Designing the “Star...
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