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Archives: September 2007

Notes from PASS 2007 - Part 2

Denver is a great location for a conference. The convention center is two blocks from the 16th street mall - must be 10-12 blocks of shops, restaurants, etc. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott, small rooms, but directly on 16th St, and nice enough. Only downside is the airport is… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 September 2007

Day 1 at the Summit

I was late, not getting up quick enough and then fighting traffic into the city. From there I did a little work before hitting a session that I was looking forward to attending.

And I was completely disappointed. I won't mention the session here for the world to see, but…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2007

THE Reception

After the PASS opening, which I dropped in long enough to get a beer, we had the SQLServerCentral.com party.

It seemed to start a little slow, but ended up busier and running smoother than any other of our events. I have to credit the CCEvents and Boulder staffing people that…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2007

Technical Speaking - Again

One of the points mentioned in the volunteer meeting on Tuesday was that it makes a lot of sense to grow local speakers rather than try to always bring in the 'big name' speakers. I agree with this and there is much you can do to try encourage that first… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 September 2007

Notes from PASS 2007

I attended the morning portion of the volunteer/chapter meeting today and got to put some names with faces for some of the groups we do hosting for (note, if you need to host a sql chapter and you can live with what you see at www.opass.org, email me). Good… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 September 2007


I'm kind of stunned. I have asked 6 people to go to the PASS conference over the last 4 days in Denver, all local people, and they cannot get time off for the conference. And a few of these are DBAs!!

Two are in projects, granted, so time off is…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 17 September 2007

Technical Speaking - Some Misc Thoughts

Last week I taught 'Successful Technical Speaking' for the first time - it's a free four class I put together for End to End Training to help train local speakers for the upcoming SQLSaturday, or maybe just to speak at an oPASS meeting. Getting people to speak for the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 September 2007

Off to the PASS Summit in Denver

I'm flying out tomorrow for the event and looking forward to it, nice break from the office/work routine, a chance to learn some new stuff, and to see friends that I only get to see once a year. First time I'll be in Denver during decent weather, all my previous… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 September 2007


So I got a final count of referrals from the PASS conference yesterday and it was 183, so thanks to everyone that signed up!

We get $50 for each one and my job is to blow every bit of it. This year I was a little worried with the conference…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 September 2007

Stealth Updates

Editorial coming next week, but so far this is amazing to me. Microsoft's stealth updates of their client update tool. Typical  explanation from the PM, "We think it's necessary so you can get updated". It's the arrogance that we know what's best and the disbelief that we wouldn't agree…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 September 2007

The Challenges of Podcasting

OK, here's one take. Not sure if it's any good, but it's a start.

No live editorials yet. I've been working through this process and trying to figure out what works. If I can get a good take, maybe I'll put tomorrow's out there.

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 13 September 2007


I'm working on getting a small studio set up for some podcasting of the editorials. That means I put a mike on my desk along with a pop filter. I tried to do some basic recording, but the problem so far is that the levels are too low. I tried…

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 12 September 2007

How Many Good Hours Do Employees Work?

You might call me a bean counter, but it's a fact that every manager needs to manage the distractions that take time away from the real work that needs to be done by their team. At my last job I tried to never let meetings and other interruptions grow beyond… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 September 2007

Dell Selling an iSCSI Box

Saw an plug for it from our sales rep yesterday, MD3000i. Starts at $7300 with just a couple drives, goes up to about $25k maxed out at 18TB. I've always considered the Powervault stuff pretty usable/reliable compared to the complexity of a SAN, but I see in the configuration… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 September 2007

Vacation... and the need for it

I have been on vacation the last week, which meant I spent the previous three weeks at work preparing to go on that vacation. :) All in all, it was much needed. It represented the first family vacation we've taken since I was still in the Air Force (and I…

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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 10 September 2007

SQLSaturday - Who are the Customers?

For those who might not have browsed previous posts I'm heading up a free one day training event called SQLSaturday as part of my efforts on behalf of oPASS. It's been an interesting experience so far and we received a lot of good initial info from the ONETUG team.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 September 2007

SQL 2008 CTP4 Available - If you have time!

Makes me yearn for a faster connection, about a 2300 mb download to get all the various pieces and if you download from the main link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6A39AFFA-DB6E-48A9-82E4-4EFD6705F4A6&displaylang=en it doesn't launch the MS download manager so that you can pause and resume if needed. I'm torn between downloading to see if…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 September 2007

Background Images in Reporting Services posted on SSC

I wrote this up based on some questions in our recent BI class where we spend almost a full day on the basics of Reporting Services. Not the most exciting topic, but useful at times. I've still got some writing to do to finish explaining the security options for datasources…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 September 2007

CodePlex, CodeZone, and Connect

You might have visited these already, but it's interesting to see MS diversify a bit from the standard MSDN template. For example, if you look for SQL Server samples on MSDN you get a page that forwards you to http://codeplex.com/SqlServerSamples. CodePlex is seemingly about code but it is listed… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 September 2007

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