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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 7:31 AM


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Doh! I just hit F5 on that page and now it's working as of 9:27 am. Brent, did you fix that?


Yeah, I traced back the problem through the network wires, emptied out your browser's cache, and...

No. I was eating granola and reading the news. Got nothin' for you, man. Sorry, hahaha.



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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 7:41 AM
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lol, well I didn't do any of those things. I just hit F5 and it started working. Honest. I checked with my co-worker Justin and it's now working for him. And I just bet my wife can now access it too. Eerie. Amazing what you can accomplish with some granola. Man you're good.
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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 8:04 AM
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Taking baby steps towards utilizing PowerShell as a SQL automation tool. I had already used PowerShell extensively in other areas (VMware, Windows scripting, etc.), but this year was when it finally clicked with SQL.
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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 8:07 AM
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Going to my first SQL Summit and shaking Itzik Ben-Gan's hand. His fundamentals for SQL Server book is what I cut my teeth on. Getting to shake Brent's hand and get a cool sticker.

Going to my first SQL Saturday and getting to talk frankly with Jes Borland, Tim Ford, and Grant Fritchey about doing presentations.

Oh, and finding out that Pragmatic Works has an auditing and notification framework, which makes my life so much easier as a data warehouse admin/developer.

Oh oh oh oh I almost forgot! Discovering BIML at Summit! Seriously, this is already cutting down the development time for our "easy" source to staging ETLs
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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 8:09 AM


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Going to my first SQL Summit and shaking Itzik Ben-Gan's hand. His fundamentals for SQL Server book is what I cut my teeth on. Getting to shake Brent's hand and get a cool sticker.


Ha! I remember my first Summit in 2007. For me, it was shaking Linchi Shea's hand - same kind of thing, realizing that these people who write books and blogs are actually real people, and they're just like us. That was awesome.

That and seeing that there's thousands of other people who do the same thing I do - that was an eye-opener for me.



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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 8:51 AM


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Doing my first community level presentation at SQL Saturday Dallas. Being very nervous about how it would go, and then being very relieved that I didn't completely goof up, and finally being happy that the audience really liked it.

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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 8:54 AM
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Best: Standing up a soup-to-nuts ETL process (package templates, logging, auditing, master-child execution arrangement, etc) for a proof-of-concept SSAS cube.

Most memorable: The Production server failing, and finding out the backup server was not ready for failover (drivers missing, etc). Longest night of my professional life.
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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 9:06 AM
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1. Attending first SQL Saturday in DC.

2. Watching people stare in shock when Grant Fritchey (Carlos Chacon was doing the presentation, Grant was in the second row) read an excerpt from his own book on Execution plans at that SQL Saturday and quipped "What moron wrote this?" Utterly priceless.

3. Releasing to production a SQL Server based solution that centralized data we use to bill customers. This data comprises one of the biggest if not the biggest revenue stream for our unit and was previously kept in 40-odd separate spreadsheets (don't ask - it's a long story). I also connected the data to an Excel file with several pivot tables so supervisors and management have pretty much real-time summaries of their data - something they've never had before. It's way too much fun hearing people say, "WOW, this is cool!"


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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 9:21 AM


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Getting sucked into the supporting the other SW our company produces and the hosted servers we have. From there I looked at the disarray that existed.

I setup an automated backup that changed recovery from days to minutes.
I cut down the upgrade process on over a hundred hosted server from weeks to days.
We now get daily reports on whether the servers are up.
The number of minor calls for server issues has dropped dramatically.

And now the rest of the team has gone from "WOW! That's cool." to "What did you come up with now."




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Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 9:24 AM


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