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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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    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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    System Visualization - Working in a Team

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    One of the main tasks I have is thinking about how we should design tools to help visualize a system. There are plenty of challenges, as I've alluded to before. Do youshow an object-based paradigm or a task-based one, or some of both? How do you manage...
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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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    TechEd Europe 2008 Day Four – Policy Based Management

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    I’ve presented 6 sessions so far at TechEd Europe in Barcelona, and I’m explaining the how and why of the basics of Policy Based Management. Today I wanted to clear up a few terms that we use in PBM. The example I use in the demos is of a DBA named...
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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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    Bonus Post: Quick, Painless Survey (honest)

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    The SQL Server team has a quick survey they would like you to take. You don't have to sign up, enter your e-mail or anything else - and it's just sever questions!  It's on new features for web database developers, so if you're one of those, bop on...
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    Quote of the Day: Let Go

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    "The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." - Charles DuBois
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    Channel 9 – The PASS Interviews

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    I recently interviewed (on Channel 9) a few of the folks that are presenting at PASS this year – I thought I would share the links so you can check them out: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LarryLarsen/Upcoming-SQL-PASS-Summit-1/ http://channel9.msdn.com...
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    Quote of the Day: On Being Enthusiastic

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    I had a great time with some fellow “tweeters” on the Microsoft campus yesterday. We were pretty fired up – and there’s nothing wrong with that!  In fact:   “If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired, with enthusiasm.” - Vince Lombardi
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    PASS 2008 Conference: Day Two

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    We’re still on pre-conferences here at PASS, and for the last two days there has been a “SCAN” (SQL Customer Advisory Network) meetings where we preview new technologies and get feedback from them on current technologies, listening and learning how they...
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    SQL Saturday Redmond Wrap-Up

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    Wow – we had a fantastic time at the “Mixer” building in Redmond this past Saturday. We had around 300 folks show up, straining the rooms to capacity. We had some top-notch presenters, and a very receptive audience, and we even made it through breakfast...
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    Plan and Prepare or Just Do It? How about Both!

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    I'm kind of a type "A" person. OK, I'm a VERY type "A" person. I even cook by setting things up ahead of time. I'm definitely more in the "Plan and Prepare" camp than the "Just Do It" camp. But I do realize that there are times when you just can't...
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    When you’re on a high, start something big

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    Most days are pretty average – we have some highs, some lows, and just regular old work to do. But some days the sun is shining, your co-workers are especially nice, and everything just falls into place. You really *enjoy* what you do. Don’t let that...
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    New Business Metric: DBOM

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    With all of the travelling, writing, speaking and working I’ve been doing lately, I’ve come across a new trend. My schedule is so fragmented that I communicate primarily through e-mail, and I’ve noticed that I respond to, and hear back from, various people...
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    Crowd Power

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    I recently e-mailed a bunch of friends with three questions that I have been considering. I want to build a killer demo machine, ditch all my lines to the house except for Internet, and buy a home media PC to replace my very old television. I had researched...
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    Disaster Response and the Physical Plant

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    Near our home is a Dam about to break. It was built long ago, and even though millions were taxed and spent for it, little to none of that money ever got to the actual shoring up and maintaining the dam  over time (don’t get me started). Anyway,...
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    Quote of the Day: The Duty of Civilized People

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    “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” - Albert Einstein
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    SQL Down Under Podcast - and Another Upgrade Resource

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    At PASS a couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Greg Low from Australia.We had a great time chatting about PowerShell, Microsoft, and all things SQL. Check it out here (who number 41): http://sqldownunder.com/PreviousShows/tabid/98/Default.aspx ...
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    TechEd Europe 2008 Day Two - Policy Based Management

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    Yesterday I gave two presentations to the attendees at TechEd Europe here in Barcelona, Spain. The first was on “A Day in the Life of the DBA”, which I’ve blogged about previously. The second presentation was on an overview of Policy Based Management...
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    Quote of the Day - Trusting the Government to Get Things Done

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    Because, hey, they have such a great track record, right?   "We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress." -- Will Rogers
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    Sending Feedback from SSMS

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    I've pointed out the "Connect.Microsoft.Com" site before, where you can enter feature requests and bugs for SQL Server. Did you know you can hit that site from within SSMS? Just click the "Community" menu item in SSMS and then "Send Feedback". That will...
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    Service Broker and the Need for Planning

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    I mentioned yesterday about the database I was using implemented Service Broker. I wanted to mention (again) the incredible need for planning when you're setting up a project. Whenever you're working on something as distributed as Service Broker, you...
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    Quote of the Day: Do it now

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    "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln I have a lot going on right now - I just got back from Brazil, I'm headed to Spain, and then back for PASS here in Seattle. One thing that I have learned when...
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    Quote of Day - On Knowledge

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    You do not really understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother. - Albert Einstein I've met lots of really smart people that can't explain what they know. I think this really sums it up!
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