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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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    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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    On Paying Attention to the Details

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    It's Friday - time for the quote of the day: "We think in generalities, but we live in detail." - Alfred North Whitehead
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    Using WITH MIRROR to Copy Your Backups

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    The other day I chatted with a gentleman who needed a second copy of his backup for a remote reporting system. Most of us need a copy or two of the backups, sometimes for a reporting or development refresh, or sometimes we want a second copy for safety...
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    Virtual Conferences and LiveMeeting, well, live meetings

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    I've been doing a few "virtual" presentations lately. We have a lot of requests to present the new features of SQL Server 2008, and I've found that I can go to more places if I do them over the web, using LiveMeeting.  It's actually working...
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    Quote of the Day - The Best Method of Learning

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    Most people know a lot - but they could know a lot more: "Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your mouth is moving." -- My Mother
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    Visual Studio and SQL Server 2008

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    There have been some questions from folks who have pre-released versions of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. SQL Server 2008 requires the RTM version, so if you have the pre-released version, you can go here to update it:  http://www.microsoft...
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    Book Review (Book 10) - The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for March 2012 was: The Information: A History, a Theory...
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    TechEd Europe 2008 Day Five – Policy Based Management

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    Bringing all the concepts I've described in the last few posts into place, you can see the results of what Alexi wants in a Policy. Navigating to the Management node in SQL Server Management Studio, he can create a new Policy, give it a name, and since...
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    Changing Roles

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    I'm changing roles here at Microsoft. I'll be a Technical Solutions Professional - a fancy term that means I'll be working in the "field", directly with you, the customer. I'll be working to find out what customers are working on long term, and to help...
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    A few minutes of the virtual...

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    This is pretty cool – the first 10 minutes or so of one of the virtual conference I did earlier last month is now available for free online. You can see it here: http://www.vconferenceonline.com/speaker.asp?id=BWoody
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    Of Mainframes and Rivers

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    I started working with technology a long time ago - long enough to remember the mainframe way of life. Back then, a select group of folks controlled access to "the computer". On certain desks stood terminals, and programs were all custom-written...
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    Guessing Gets Worse the Smarter You Are

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    I've been in some classes recently and one of the lessons we learned about communication was: "don't guess". As technical professionals, we often think we know the answer to the problem someone is describing about halfway through the person's description...
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    Quote of the Day: Everybody Exaggerates all the time

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    "People who exaggerate just kill me." Dani Haviland
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    TechEd Europe 2008 - The Trip

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    Well, it's 6:00 AM in Barcelona, Spain, and still 9:13 PM at home - so I'm "late" posting this or "early", depending on how you look at it! I had a 20+ hour trip, with all the waiting at the airports and all that. You gotta love traveling. I'll be...
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    TechEd Brazil - Day Three

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    I started today at TechEd by chatting with several folks about some issues they were having on planning solutions for their companies. They were lined up at the discussion area and had lots of questions ready! I also spoke with several folks on the improvements...
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    Quote of the Day: On Learning from Experience

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    A lesson learned “the hard way” is not soon forgotten: “A man who tries to carry a cat home by its tail will learn a lesson that can be learned in no other way.” - Mark Twain
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    Quote of the Day - On Communication

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    The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter Drucker
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    What to do if your Conference Budget is Cut

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    Money is tight – we all know that. One of the first places that companies cut in the budget is training. So what do you do if your boss won’t let you go anywhere? You do have options. You can train on your own, or ask them to buy you books. But one of...
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    SQL Saturday in Redmond – Stop By and Say Hello!

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    http://www.sqlsaturday.com/ This Saturday I’ll be speaking at the “SQL Saturday” event in my own backyard – Redmond, Washington! I really enjoy these events – enough to give up a Saturday to come out and join you. No, we don’t get paid for these, it’s...
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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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    Challenge for the day: Learn One New Visualization

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    I’ve gotten hooked on TED-talks. I don’t know if you’ve ever  seen these, but the basic idea is that really smart (and sometimes famous) people have less than 20 minutes to pitch a concept to other really smart people. One of the TED-talks I just...
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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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    Compliance Whitepaper for SQL Server

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    If you have to deal with any kind of compliance regulattions, you should check out this whitepaper, authored by my good friend JC Cannon. It's a "keeper bookmark": Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Compliance Guide Whitepaper It covers almost as much as the...
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    The “More Excellent Way” Experiment

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    Yesterday I challenged you to ask the question “What is the more excellent way?” at three decision points. I mentioned that I would take the challenge as well, and report back here on the results. I actually asked myself the question more than three times...
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