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Archives: May 2009

Saved by USB

I had the video card go bad in my new desktop, so I spent a few minutes rolling back to the old one, only to find networking extremely slow. It took, literally, about 5 minutes to open Google's home page, slowly bringing down data, despite the connection saying it was… Read more

0 comments, 616 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 May 2009

Tracking Deprecated Features

This week I'm in Brno, Czech Republic leading an App Compat seminar for Microsoft clients here, and one of the things we need to look for in their applications is the use of deprecated features. I was poking around the sys.os_performance_counters DMV and discovered the [sqlinstance]:Deprecated Features object and found… Read more

0 comments, 429 reads

Posted in Allen White on 26 May 2009


A great Hyper-V blog here at Accentient Blog.

I was searching around for information on setting up Hyper-V and I ran across this blog, which has some great instructions for getting started. Including a 3 part series on Using 64-bit Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation OS, which is… Read more

0 comments, 1,257 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 May 2009

Featured Blogger: Wes Dumey

Wes is a friend acquiring via networking and community involvement - another success story! He's based in Tampa and has been involved with the past two SQLSaturday's in Tampa. His blog - Databases, Structures, and the Damn Data Itself - is one I enjoy because he talks about life as… Read more

1 comments, 524 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2009

Looking for the Next RSS Reader

I've been using Snarfer for a while now, preferring an offline reader so that I use a few spare moments to catch up on reading without having to plug in the air card. It works well enough, but lately I've been wanting something better, really driven by one idea… Read more

6 comments, 688 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2009

SQL Server Encryption - Protecting Files at Rest

You have a few options for protecting your SQL Server data at rest. So far I haven't seen anything thing protects data in memory, and I'm not sure we ever will. After all, at some point it needs to be processed, joined, etc., and that can't happen if it's well… Read more

3 comments, 3,385 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 May 2009

Speaking Engagements for The Modern Resume

I’m giving my talk on The Modern Resume – Building Your Brand a few more times this year and I’ve got a tentative schedule here:

June 6 – SQLSaturday #14, Pensacola, FL.

July 2 – Richmond SQL Server Users Group, Richmond, VA

Nov 11 (tentative) SQL Connections,… Read more

1 comments, 914 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 May 2009

Memorial Day

Today in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day, the day we remember American casualties of any military action. Though many worry that we lose sight of the meaning of holiday as it also seems to mark both a three day weekend and the beginning of summer, I think… Read more

0 comments, 521 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 May 2009

Hyper-V – A New Machine

I installed Hyper-V onto a new machine as a role for the base Windows 2008 server role. It required a reboot, and once it was back up, I went to create my first virtual machine. The Hyper-V manager was confusing for a few seconds since it wants to connect to… Read more

0 comments, 950 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 May 2009

A Flood of Books

I'm on a few publishers' lists as someone that reviews books, works with SQL Server, and in general might help them sell copies of books. A number of friends from SQLServerCentral, and other sites, have written books as well, and often send me copies.

Just the other day I received… Read more

0 comments, 693 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 May 2009

Book Review: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes ($14 at Amazon) was a book I picked up for travel, though at 928 pages it's not a travel sized book. This starts almost at the beginning with discussions of radioactivity and the state of physics at the start of the… Read more

1 comments, 629 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 May 2009

Denver SQL Server Users Group

I was late with family issues, and so I missed the social time when I was expecting to do a little networking and meet some new people. Instead I arrived during the short presentation from Glenn Barry, who's a local MVP and I've seen speak a few times. Attendance… Read more

0 comments, 546 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 May 2009

SQL Teach in Vancouver Coming Up Quick - Draught Presentation Ready (phew)

 As Brad McGehee mentioned recently: SQLTeach (a part of the larger DevTeach event) will be held in Vancouver, BC this June 8-12, 2009. It will offer 136 sessions in 8 different tracks, including 37 SQL Server sessions, 17 Agile sessions, 17 software architecture sessions, and 57 .NET sessions. In… Read more

0 comments, 996 reads

Posted in The Database Hive for SQL Server DBAs on 21 May 2009

Workplace Discrimination in Quebec - part 2: Ignoring the Warning Signs

My Dearest Mister André Pratte,

Regarding your article in the Globe and Mail, I was quite surprised to see you run to the indirect defence of militant Péquistes (Parti Québécois members) over the mistreatment of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec's (CDPQ) new Chief Michael Sabia during testimony the other… Read more

2 comments, 1,474 reads

Posted in The Database Hive for SQL Server DBAs on 21 May 2009

What is Twitter?

I saw an interesting blog post from Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard) recently on what he thought Twitter was. I'd started my own post here, with some thoughts, and had to go back and rewrite things (Thanks, Andy!). He got me thinking, and I agree, it's something completely new.

I… Read more

16 comments, 1,790 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 21 May 2009

Starting Conversations - Part 5

I just finished up my third coaching call with Don Gabor (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) and I think I'm gaining a little ground, but still finding that I have a lot to learn.

We started by talking about some of the… Read more

3 comments, 615 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 May 2009

Inside A Datacenter

I spent the last 4 days in Denver helping my company move in a new datacenter and while I was there it occurred to me that a lot of people have probably never seen the inside of a datacenter. I've been in 8 (that I can recall), and while that… Read more

0 comments, 537 reads

Posted in Kendal Van Dyke on 20 May 2009

MVP Goodies

I got my MVP goodies the other day in the mail. My bag is upstairs, not yet used, but I have to go out tomorrow and I'll see how it does. I wore my HALO shirt, so it's in the laundry, but look for that in a podcast soon.

My… Read more

1 comments, 1,016 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 May 2009

PASS Connector Editorial for May 20, 2009

I currently write the editorial for the PASS Connector which is published every two weeks as part of my role on the Board of Directors. I'm cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog.

As of our most recent update PASS has more than…

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0 comments, 563 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 May 2009

The Pros and Cons of Stored Procedures

I saw this mentioned on Twitter, and watched it while doing some light editing and scheduling. It’s from TechEd 2009 in LA, and includes a number of MVPs and consultants and even a Microsoft SQL Server program manager.

It’s a video, running about 55 minutes, on The Pros and Cons… Read more

8 comments, 4,071 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 20 May 2009

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