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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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    Embiggen your family this week

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    I know a lot of my readers are located in countries other than the U.S., but I hope you'll indulge me for a moment for a non-technical post. When I was 18, I joined the U.S. Air Force , and my first base was in the United Kingdom at R.A.F. Lakenheath...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Changes on the Developer and TechCenters for MSDN

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    I'm not sure if you've noticed the changes on the SQL Server Developer Center on MSDN or SQL Server TechCenter on TechNet. If not, you should definitely check them out. Here are a few highlights: · On the home page of both MSDN and TechNet, you...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 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 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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    Quote of the Day: Learning Comes Hard to Some

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    I’ve been doing a lot of teaching lately, and I’ve found that I agree with this assessment of learning styles: “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric...
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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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    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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    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 - on Being Careful with Free Gifts

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    No commentary needed, I think: There is always free cheese in a mousetrap. - Anonymous
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    Managing Other Platforms

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    We often get asked if we will ever create a tool that will manage not only SQL Server but other vendor's systems. I understand the desire - when I was a DBA I had several systems that I managed, and I wanted a tool that would do it all as well. I even...
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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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    Bonus Post – See you in Orlando!

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    I’ll be traveling all day tomorrow (Thursday), so no time for a post. I didn’t want you to think I’d “gone offline” permanently, so I’ll post this tonight. I’m flying down to the “Holy Land” – Florida – for a weekend of SQL Server. I’ll be part of the...
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