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Archives: February 2006

Microsoft MVP Program

I think anyone who posts actively in the various on-line forums for Microsoft products (such as SSC.com) hopes one day to be named a Microsoft MVP, myself included. However, obtaining that MVP status isn't easy, as there are tons of very knowledgeable folks producing excellent content, whether it be answers…

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Picking Things Apart


One of the challenges in writing about a new version of SQL Server is finding out information, especially for the less than detailed technical topics. Consolidation is an interesting topic because it seems simple in theory, but the details of how to proceed and what to do are harder to…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 February 2006

Mavericks don't make it

One of the blogs I most enjoy reading is Life Beyond Code. This blog allows me to take off my technology hat and think about things like my career, my direction with information technology, and how to better develop not only my technical but also my personal and interpersonal… Read more

Getting Your Arms Around It

    I've been working on the "Designing a Database Consolidation Strategy" chapter of my book and it's been quite an effort. Around the kids' ice skating lessons, short school weeks, and broken water pipe, I've been researching and digging around the web for information. That's when I wasn't digging a…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 February 2006

My Reading list

In the tradition of many others, I decided to add a reading list to my professional site. The reading list comprises those books I am currently reading. Folks like Steve Jones write reviews on quite a few of the books they read. I'm not sure if I have that…

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Testing, Testing, and More Testing

I've been out of pocket and off the forums for the last few weeks as we've had several major tasks where I work with respect to our Active Directory migration. This past weekend involved application migrations. Because of the nature of the migration, we provided test environments prior to "flipping…

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Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer?

I saw this on Greg Hughes' blog and wondered, "What in the world?" So I took a look. It's one of those fun quizzes where you get to test your knowledge. Only this one tests how well you know your programming language developers versus some of the worst serial killers…

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PASS 2006 Call for Presentations

For those of you who are interested in speaking at PASS in November, the submission site is open: http://passew.prod.web.sba.com/callpapers/CallPapers.cfm?conference_id=15 .

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 9 February 2006

Added reviews to my website

I've been thinking about doing this for a whole and I finally got around to building a reviews section into the web site. There you'll find reviews on books, tools, training, and web sites as I get to writing them. I've posted an initial review of Microsoft's first eLearning security…

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And Bad Writing

I haven't had time to research the extent, but someone reported plagiarism and the author admitted the code, while "from memory" was tkaen from a book. So I pulled the article.
Great.
I'd started an article (again) on this topic for wed.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 6 February 2006

Good Writing

I left at lunch to hit the gym and then meet a friend. Afterwards I stopped by Starbucks to do some writing with a latte.

I'm not sure what it is, and it's certainly not the quiet, but I think that ambient noise really helps me concentrate. I've gotten some…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 February 2006

Responsibility

This is very interesting.

I've often thought that blogs were a great source of information, but it is more unvetted than normal. Not that an article is necessarily better written or more correct, but in general someone spends more time on it and usually at least two eyes see…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 February 2006

Upgrading your databases link

I got the link from Kirk about the couse: http://www.maxtrain.com/classes/classInfo.aspx?id=SQLADV .

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 2 February 2006

Upgrading your databases to SQL Server 2005 class

I attended a two day class this week that was fantastic.  It was taught by the author of the course material, Kirk Wilson, from Cincinatti. The nice thing about the course is that he covered the challenges one will encounter when upgrading each component of SQL Server.  He also spent a…

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 1 February 2006