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Chad Miller

Chad Miller is a Senior Manager of Database Administration at Raymond James Financial. Chad has worked with Microsoft SQL Server since 1999 and has been automating administration tasks using Windows Powershell since 2007. Chad is the Project Coordinator/Developer of the Powershell-based Codeplex project SQL Server PowerShell Extensions (SQLPSX). Chad leads the Tampa Powershell User Group and is a frequent speaker at users groups, SQL Saturdays and Code Camps.

Archives: August 2009

Internet Explorer Automation with WatIN

At my workplace I use an IT Service Desk application, called well, "Service Desk" from CA. The system is web-based and provides various queues for Change Orders, Requests and Incidents. Service Desk is used as used as workflow system instead of email. I'm sure this is a pretty common practice…

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Posted in Chad Miller on 29 August 2009

Continuous Integration in a Development Environment using Red Gate Backup and SQL Compare

My co-worker and fellow DBA, Leigh Freijo has a blog entry about a Powershell script he created to re-integrate QA/Development database changes using Red Gate SQL Backup and Red Gate SQL Compare snapshot files. The script providers a wrapper around Red Gate's command line tools. This is a good demonstration…

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Posted in Chad Miller on 25 August 2009

Tampabay SQL Server User Group Presentation

I presented a one-hour session for Tampabay SQL Server User Group on Powershell and SQL Server. I've previously delivered this session for the Sarasota and Orlando SQL Server User Groups. The presentation and supporting materials are available here:
My thanks to everyone who attended and all of your great feedback.

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Posted in Chad Miller on 19 August 2009

Installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows 7

When Installing SQL Server 2008 on Windows 7 RTM, I encountered a couple of issues. Supposedly you can install SQL Server 2008 RTM on Windows 7. You'll receive various warnings about compatibility issues which can be ignored and are fixed with the application of a SQL Server 2008 service…

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Posted in Chad Miller on 15 August 2009

ThrowAway Scripts

Although I tend to write a lot of formal scripts, as part of the development process I'll explore an object looking at its data and available properties/methods using get-member. I'll then test individual pieces before glueing things together. However sometimes it isn't even necessary to write a well-crafted script and…

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Posted in Chad Miller on 12 August 2009

SQLSaturday #16 South Florida Downloads

I presented a 1 hr session at SQL Saturday #16 session PowerShell and SQL Server Administration: In this sesssion we will look at automating common DBA tasks through Powershell. An overview of the CodePlex project SQL Serer Powershell Extensions will be provided. Specific topics covered include SSIS administration, replication…

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Posted in Chad Miller on 8 August 2009