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    Windows Azure and SQL Azure Use Cases

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    The key to effectively leveraging “Cloud Computing” or more accurately, Distributed Computing architectures like Windows and SQL Azure is to implement them where they make the most sense. This is actually good advice for any computing paradigm...
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    Create your own MCM Program - Learning to Learn

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    A lot of electronic ink has been spilled over our recent (and sudden) announcement that we are retiring the highest-level certifications here at Microsoft. At the same time, I'll be teaching a one-day class at the SQL Saturday event in Cambridge, UK on...
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    The Top 20 Questions in Database Design

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    I'm still re-reading the "Fourth Paradigm" book by Microsoft Research, and one section continues to intrigues me. There's a part where the book explains database design, and puts forth that the most important thing when you're designing large data sets...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Transaction Log Shipping Status

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    We’re in the final server-level reports in this series of the Standard Reports that ship with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) . Don’t worry, there are plenty more reports coming in the database and other objects; but this one is the last of the reports...
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    PowerShell and Extended Properties

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    I use Extended Properties on databases and their objects all the time. They are a great way to include information about the object – I use them for versioning the database, detailing what a column is used for and so on. They can be a little tricky...
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    Help Me Help You Fix That

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    If you've been redirected here because you posted on a forum, or asked a question in an e-mail, the person wanted you to know how to get help quickly from a group of folks who are willing to do so - but whose time is valuable. You need to put a little...
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    Where are the Windows Azure customer case studies – and why aren’t there more?

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    “Case Studies” are a great tool when you’re evaluating a platform. Having evidence that other companies have deployed Windows Azure, in addition to how they did it, is a good way to plan your own deployments or even just evaluate whether...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Resource Locking Statistics by Object: [DatabaseName]

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the database reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking a database name. From the menu that appears...
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    Windows Azure Use Case: High-Performance Computing (HPC)

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    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases...
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    How I Work– Working From Home

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    I work from home – and I would find it difficult to work any other way. For decades I’ve worked in traditional offices, cubicle-farms, and open-plan work areas. I find them too bright, too loud, too distracting, and in some cases, too depressing to be...
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    Why do I need two Instances in Windows Azure?

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    Windows Azure as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) means that there are various components you can use in it to solve a problem: Compute “Roles” - Computers running an OS and optionally IIS - you can have more than one "Instance" of a given...
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    Windows Azure Use Case: Elastic Scale

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    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases...
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    Buck Woody is Changing Jobs

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    Recently I read an article ( http://lifehacker.com/is-it-bad-to-stay-at-one-company-for-very-long-1295782130 ) that stated that if you are at the same company for more than a few years, it will harm your career. I don’t agree – consider...
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    Using Outlook Tasks for a Performance Review

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    At Microsoft, we have a performance review twice a year to ensure we're on track towards meeting the goals that we set up at the beginning of the year with our manager. I've been a manager multiple times in my career, so I've been on both sides of the...
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    Read the SQL Server Error Log with PowerShell

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    This script uses a native client call, so you can use it on any machine that has PowerShell installed along with the SQL Server client software. As always, only run this script on a test system until you understand what it does, and of course you'll need...
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    Link List: Becoming a Data Professional

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    Whenever I present at a conference, I try and make sure to include references to the topics I discuss in the session. That means you either need a lot of handouts, or I need to wait for you to take lots of notes. While note-taking is essential, writing...
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    Argh! Bring back Query Analyzer!

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    Steve Jones, a friend of mine over at sqlservercentral.com, asked me a question the other day that is brought up quite a bit. In earlier versions of SQL Server, we had at least two management tools: Enterprise Manager (EM) and Query Analyzer (QA). EM...
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    I can't hear you over the sound of how small your fonts are

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    I've had it. I sat through *another* presentation where the screen fonts and icons were so small I couldn't tell what was going on. No, it wasn't a Microsoft presentation, it was on a Linux box. But presenters from colleges to conferences routinely...
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    SQL Server Desktop Screen Background

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    I was doing a presentation recently and was asked about the image I use as my background on my desktop. I’m happy to share it! Click below for the full size:
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    SQL Server Standard Reports – Database: Disk Usage by Partition: [DatabaseName]

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    In this continuing series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , we’re now up to the database-level reports. Today I’ll explain another report dealing with space in the database: Disk Usage by Partition: [DatabaseName] . To get to...
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    Public Data Sources – finding them and using them

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    A quick post here on some valuable data sources you can use in your HDInsight, Microsoft Excel, SQL Server, APS, and other products to enrich your data. Sometimes it’s helpful just to peruse through various sources to see what you can put together...
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    How Does the Cloud Change a Developer's Job?

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    I've recently posted a blog on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization , another on how the cloud changes a Database Administrator's job , and the last post dealt with the Systems Administrator . In this...
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    SQL Server Management Studio Standard Reports – Schema Changes History: [DatabaseName]

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    I'm continuing my series on the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio , and today we’re in the database reports. You can find these reports by starting SQL Server Management Studio and right-clicking a database name. From the menu that appears...
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    Windows Azure Learning Plan - SQL Azure

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    This is one in a series of posts on a Windows Azure Learning Plan. You can find the main post here . This one deals with SQL Azure. There are a series of videos here you can use for a complete overview: Getting Started: SQL Azure at a Glance...
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    PowerShell to the clipboard

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    In PowerShell 2.0, there's a command to get things to the clipboard. I haven't deployed 2.0 yet, though, since I'm a DBA and naturally paranoid about anything beta on my systems. So I searched for other ways to do that, and there are a few, but then I...
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