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Archives: February 2009

An Optimised Disaster Recovery Plan thanks to SQLBackup

The continuity of operations during a disaster is as critical to running a business as just about anything. Somewhere, within your organisation, there is a document that provides all the technical details with respect to disaster recovery for production applications running on Microsoft SQL Server database management system - if… Read more

1 comments, 959 reads

Posted in The Database Hive for SQL Server DBAs on 28 February 2009

First Impressions of the Kindle 2

As I blogged about previously, I had decided to go ahead and pre-order the Kindle 2. It was slated for delivery on Thursday, February 26, but came a day early.I've had it in my hands now for two days and here are some of the things I've noted:

The… Read more

A Security Control Inconsistently Applied Is Not a Control

Some things and readings today reminded me of this: a security control inconsistently applied is not a control. The whole point of a security control is to provide a check in order to catch malicious behavior. Some controls are preventative. Others are detective or compensating. An example of a… Read more

My First Computer

OK, I’m not going to make a huge habit of responding to these chains, but I have a few spare moments, and I like Aunt Kathi, so I’ll join in here.

My actual first computer was a Vic-20. I saw one when I was 11 or 12 and was… Read more

1 comments, 578 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 27 February 2009

Featured Blog - Linchi Shea

If you haven't visited yet, you definitely want to read Linchi's blog - it's packed full of on topic posts about SQL Server, most around performance and real (serious) performance testing to prove or disprove a lot of popular assumptions and questions. Definitely a must read!

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2 comments, 600 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 February 2009

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I've got three speaking engagements lined up in next two months:

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0 comments, 502 reads

Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 26 February 2009

BoiseCodeCamp and TechFest to be Held March 28, 2009

The BoiseCodeCamp and TechFest will be held Saturday, March 28th at Boise State University. This free event include 57 one-hour sessions covering a wealth of topics, including software development, networking, Windows virtualization, robotics, project management, OSX, agile practices, web design, C++, C#, SQL Server, and much more.

This is the… Read more

0 comments, 515 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 26 February 2009

The Downsides of e-Commerce

Last year I was in a bookstore and looking through some books with Andy Warren of End to End Training. I didn’t have the Kindle with me, and was waiting while Andy found a few books for his flight home. But I was still browsing since I hadn’t been… Read more

8 comments, 617 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 February 2009

Fear Based Decisions

Most of us aren't good decision makers. We make decisions based on emotion rather than facts, and for many decisions the top most emotion is fear. As I pause at mid life to assess where I've been and where I want to go, in almost every case I regret making… Read more

1 comments, 730 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 February 2009

Finding a Work-Life Balance

Like most everyone who works hard in our industry, I’ve run into more than a few conflicts trying to balance work and life.  Personally, the further I progress in my career, the blurrier the lines become between work time, family/me time, and just plain lazy downtime.  It’s quite easy to… Read more

13 comments, 573 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 25 February 2009

devLINK Call for Speakers to End March 13, 2009

If you are interested in speaking at the devLINK Technical  Conference in Nashville, TN, August 13-15th, you need to get your speaking proposals in no later than March 13, 2009. Visit www.devlink.net for more information.

 

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0 comments, 539 reads

Posted in SQL Aloha on 25 February 2009

Microsoft Starts New Website Focused on IT Pro

Microsoft has introduced a new website (part of Microsoft.com) called Thrive. It is still in its infancy, but its focus is on Career Care (professional development), Technical Competency (certification and enhancing your skill set), and Business and IT Alignment (how to align company and IT’s goals).

The website includes… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 25 February 2009

A Cloudy Story

The other day Paul Neilson wrote a simple post making predictions about SQL Server in the Cloud. That got a response from Denis Gobo talking about a few things that need to happen before we can really take advantage of SQL Server in the cloud.

Most of my work… Read more

0 comments, 604 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 February 2009

Business Is More Than Code

Chris Shaw, owner of SQL Oncall, recently had an issue in his business. Chris provides DBA services on a remote basis to companies that need supplemental help or don't want to hire a DBA. It's a good business and I think Chris works hard to be fair to people. However… Read more

2 comments, 583 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 February 2009

Next Technical Speaking Seminar is March 14, 2009 in Orlando

I've scheduled another iteration of my Technical Speaking Seminar for March 14, 2009 in Orlando. It's free, and I'm hosting it on a Saturday this time to open it up to those that can't get away from work during the week. It's designed for the novice to intermediate level speaker… Read more

3 comments, 506 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 February 2009

Excel Malformed File Vulnerability - Remote Code Execution

Today, Microsoft release a security advisory about a new vulnerability in Microsoft Excel. This one affects both PCs and Macs. The Microsoft Security Response Center blog has a post there as well. SecurityFocus has a bit more information, basically indicating Symantec is detecting files containing an exploit to… Read more

Determining if a Server Principal Owns Database Objects

This question comes up a lot in the forums: "How do I know if the login owns any objects?" Usually the reason this question is asked is to be able to find those objects and change the ownership so the login/server principal could be dropped. The first key is to map… Read more

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Posted in K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security on 24 February 2009

The Race to 50 (Prius Update)

When the weather is cold, the Prius performs much worse (relatively) than it does when it’s warm. It makes sense with the need to run the engine to heat the car, but it’s disheartening to someone like me that watches the mileage.

I filled up the Prius the other day… Read more

9 comments, 684 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 February 2009

Kindle Update - Samples

I like being able to view samples on my Kindle. It's one of the very neat features of the Kindle experience, kind of like spending 10 minutes in a bookstore reading the first chapter or so of a book. The advantage to me, however, is that I don't have to… Read more

0 comments, 575 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 February 2009

New Video Appearing on Front Page of JumpStart TV

All of the videos I've done are up under my profile. However, the video for The difference between GRANT, DENY and REVOKE in SQL Server should appear on the front page of JumpStart TV shortly.

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