• Carpe Datum

    Backup those keys, citizen

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    Periodically I back up the keys within my servers and databases, and when I do, I blog a reminder here. This should be part of your standard backup rotation – the keys should be backed up often enough to have at hand and again when they change. The first...
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    PowerShell PowerPack Download

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    I read Jeffery Hicks’ article in this month’s Redmond Magazine on a new add-in for Windows PowerShell 2.0. It’s called the PowerShell Pack and it has a some great new features that I plan to put into place on my production systems as soon as I finished...
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    Which Edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 should you use?

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 has just released to manufacturing (RTM’d) as I write this. With each new release, we make changes to the “Editions” we offer. A SQL Server “version” deals with the major changes in the product – and “edition” is a set of features and...
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    Upgrades from Beta or CTP SQL Server Software are NOT Supported

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    As of this writing, SQL Server 2008 R2 has released, and just like every release, I get e-mails and calls from folks with this question: “Can I upgrade from Customer Technical Preview (CTP) x or Beta #x or Release Candidate (RC) to the “Released to Manufacturing...
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    SQL Server for the Oracle DBA Links

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    I do a presentation (and a class) called "SQL Server for the Oracle DBA". It's a non-marketing overview that gives you the basics of working with SQL Server if you're already familiar wtih how Oracle works. This class and these links DO NOT help you with...
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    Create and Track Your Own License Keys with PowerShell

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    SQL Server used to have  cool little tool that would let you track your licenses. Microsoft didn’t use it to limit your system or anything, it was just a place on the server where you could put that this system used this license key. I miss those...
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    Your Next IT Job

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    Some data professionals have worked (and plan to work) in the same place for a long time. In organizations large and small, the turnover rate just isn’t that high. This has not been my experience. About every 3-5 years I’ve changed either roles or companies...
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    Agile isn’t always Agile

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    I want to make a disclaimer before I dive into this topic – At Microsoft we use all kinds of development methodologies, and I’ve worked in lots of other shops using lots of methodologies. This is one of those “religious” topics like which programming...
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    Process Improvement and the Data Professional

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    Don’t be afraid of that title – I’m not talking about Six Sigma or anything super-formal here. In many organizations, there are more folks in other IT roles than in the Data Professional area. In other words, there are more developers, system administrators...
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    Three Buckets of Knowledge

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    As I learn more and more about SQL Server every day, I divide up my information into three “buckets”: Concepts In the first bucket are the general concepts about the topic. What is it? What does it do (or sometimes, what is is supposed to do?) How...
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    Vendors: Partners or Salespeople?

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    I got a great e-mail from a friend that asked about how he could foster a better relationship with his vendors. So many times when you work with a vendor it’s more of a used-car sales experience than a partnership – but you can actually make your vendor...
  • Carpe Datum

    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: 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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    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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    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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    Quote of the Day: Gaining the Advantage

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    “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” - Thomas Jefferson
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    Security Goes Underground

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    You might not have heard of as many data breaches recently as in the past. As you’re probably aware, I call them out here as often as I can, especially the big ones in government and medical institutions, because I believe those can have lasting implications...
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    Quote of the Day: Substitutions

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    “Ours is the age of substitutes: Instead of language we have jargon , instead of principles, slogans , and instead of genuine ideas, bright suggestions .”  Eric Bently
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    Do you need all that data?

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    I read an amazing post over on ars technica (link: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/the-software-brains-behind-the-particle-colliders.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss ) abvout the LHC, or as they are also known, the...
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    Geek it Up

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    I’ve run into a couple of kinds of folks in IT. Some really like technology a lot – a whole lot –and others treat it more as a job. For those of you in the second camp, you can go back to your drab, meaningless jobs – this post is for the first group...
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    With Choice Comes Complexity

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    "Complex" may be defined as "Having many steps, details or parts." Many of Microsoft's products, including SQL Server, can be complex. I'm stating what most data professionals already know - there's usually multiple ways to do things in SQL Server. For...
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    Quote of the Day: Always use Diplomacy

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    Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick. - Teddy Roosevelt
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