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Archives: April 2008

The MVP Summit

I hate to say it, but I can't say anything. At least not yet until I confirm some things are not under NDA.

However it was a great week, I met some very smart people, and had a good time. Lots of things in the works for both SQL Server… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 April 2008

Information on Dell/Equilogic ISCSI

Our Dell rep sent over this link about Equilogic ISCSI SAN's, pricing is not yet posted but according to him, supposed to be very very interesting. Note that I don't own Dell stock, they just happen to be who we work with most of time. Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 April 2008

Professional Development Links

Someone asked me for these recently as they predate the blog. All were posted on SSC over the past couple years.

Professional Development

Beginning Professional Development

Time for Training



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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 5

As a mentor I'm looking for someone with the drive to learn and grow, and willing to acknowledge that they don't know it all yet/could possibly learn something from me. It's certainly not that I know it all, I'm reminded daily that is not the case! But if they can't… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 April 2008

More MVP Summit

As I thought might happen, I was too busy after Tuesday and Wednesday to report in. Tuesday was my first trip ever to the Microsoft Campus so I was very excited. I attended serveral sessions during the day that went over features of SQL Server 2008. I was especially interested in… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 17 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 4

One of the dangers of mentoring someone on your team is that you can easily be perceived as biased, and the protege as the 'teachers pet'. In fact those are pretty close to the truth! It just doesn't work to mentor someone that you don't believe in and because of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 April 2008

MVP Day 2

Yesterday was an interesting day up at Microsoft. The SQL Server track is split into two sessions, with 2 assigned rooms, and luckily for me, all of the sessions I wanted to attend were in one room, so I never had to move. I liked that, though I was regretting… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 April 2008

Service Pack 3 and Servicing

It was announced yesterday that Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005 is coming! I've been trying to get people to vote and participate in the Connect item and it appears that everyone's efforts got noticed at Microsoft and they are starting to realize that having a servicing model is… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 3

I think sometimes a lot of what we call mentoring might be appropriately called coaching. Before you go trying to build a mentoring platform in your organization, make sure you've implemented the following:

  • Requesting (requiring just doesn't work) that each employee build a professional development plan with your help. Set…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 April 2008

MVP Monday

I'm sure that Monday was the most relaxed day that we will have this week. The conference did not start until 11:30, so I had time to visit the gym and take a walk down to the pier.  I have seen many cyclists riding downhill, but have not seen one riding uphill… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 15 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 2

It's always good to find a book or two on a subject when you want to be good at something. I grabbed two from Amazon, the first being The Elements of Mentoring ($15) and I've found it to be a very good book. It's actually written by a mentor/protege pair!… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 April 2008


I am actually stunned. I knew that more bandwidth makes a difference, but having way more bandwidth is truly amazing.

My daily upload routine, which actually ends up being anywhere from twice to 5 times a week for video, is to start uploading one video while I render another one.… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 April 2008

Free SQL Server 2008 online courseware from Microsoft

Just received word that Microsoft has posted 3 new courseware titles under the "What's New in SQL Server 2008" umbrella.  Available titles are Business Intelligence, Database Development, and Enterprise Data Platform:


On a related note, I have downloaded and installed SQL Server 2008.  I'll post more information later once I've… Read more

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Posted in Tim Mitchell on 14 April 2008

First day in Seattle

I arrived Sunday in Seattle from St. Louis for the MVP Global Summit. The shuttle from the airport was filled with other MVPs on the way to hotels as well. I met Rachel Appel, an ASP.Net MVP, on the shuttle and we immediately became friends. After getting settled in our rooms… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 14 April 2008

MVP Day 1

Actually it wasn't really an official day. I came to Seattle a day early to see the Mariner's play and went to the game with Kalen Delaney and her husband, Peter Ward, and Jeff Wharton from Australia. We had a good time and chatted a bit about SQL, but mostly… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 14 April 2008

Thoughts on Mentoring - Part 1

Mentoring is something I think a lot of us wish for and that few of us find. Few businesses encourage it and even if they do, in my experience it's absolutely about chemistry - can't be an arranged marriage! It's been on my mind lately as in the course of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 April 2008

Forty Percent Discount on SQL 2008 Exams

Saw this in the MCP Flash today, if you register to be notified when the exams are live you get a code for 40% off. Not sure about how long it's good for, but if you're thinking at all about the exams, 40% is 40%!

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/sqlvs/offer/default.mspx Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 April 2008

How to Improve MS Connect

If you haven't visited yet, MS Connect replaces the old sqlwish email alias and provides - in theory! - a better way to manage problems and suggestions. One of the features they've implemented is to let visitors vote on which suggestions/bugs they want fixed. I like the idea of community… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 April 2008

Charlotte SQL Server User Group Link Wrong at HQ Site

If you're looking for the Charlotte SQL Server User Group web page, the link on the PASS HQ site is wrong. The PASS HQ site directs you here:


That's the site for the Detroit Area SQL Server User Group. The correct link is:


I know the president… Read more

It's Over - SQL Server 2000 Support

Ok, I'm a bit of an ID10T at times.

I've talked about this for months, especially trying to push SP3 for SQL Server 2005, but when the date came I missed it. I could blame it on a busy life and a wife that's been gone 7 of the last… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 April 2008

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