Canada Begins Return to Democracy as the ‘Harper Government’ Found in Contempt of Parliament, a First Throughout the Commonwealth – And No Confidence Vote Triggers the Election Race
For over a week now, Canada has begun its return to appearing to be a democracy thanks to a Liberal No Confidence Motion on Friday, March 25th. On March 9th, I warned several key Liberal MPs to be very prepared for such a motion because of the backfire… Read more
How to Counter Intolerance, Adapted from UNESCO’s Recommendations
1. The Battle Against Intolerance Requires Law
Every Political Entity needs to reinforce Human Rights, and punish crimes motivated by hate against minorities, whether they be committed by individuals working for the state, private organisations or by individuals in their own… Read more
What is the Most Deployed Database Engine in the World? You’d Be Surprised! It’s Serverless, Self-Contained & Transactional
Just the other week; I was asked to help validate an application database hosted on a Mac, when I was introduced to the public domain database engine SQLite. To my surprise, it is actually the most deployed database engine in the world, since it is so small and… Read more
3rd Simple-Talk.com Article: 'The Polyglot of Databases: How Knowledge of MySQL and Oracle Can Give SQL Server DBAs an Advantage'
After revising the popular Blog post, Developing Your DBA Skills Futher Thanks to Experience with Multiple RDBMS, of just over a year ago, and great editing work from Andrew Clarke and Chris Massey, the third article for Simple talk has come to life.
Monitoring Database Infrastructure and Performance with Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and Oracle Instance Monitoring, Plus Visio Plug-In
SCOM Does the core job of monitoring SQL Server instances very well (Health Monitoring) – but it is not going to make maintenance plans for you.
You need to set up the database infrastructure first, so go to this article to start your SCOM journey: Here is a guide… Read more
Attending 2011 MVP Summit in Bellevue/Redmond, WA – Great Face-time with Fellow Speakers/Writers/Bloggers
The raincoast weather could be a little better, but so far, I am very happy with the brain-filling load of sessions we are having here at Microsoft’s Campus, and mostly in a building they call the ‘Mixer’. The first day, yesterday, I managed to get out for a couple… Read more
How to Avoid SQL Server 2008 Lingering Evaluation Installs - Validation Before Applying SP2 (10.0.2531 to 10.0.4000)
We wound up in a nasty situation recently where SP2 could not be applied to an instance of SQL Server. After messing around for hours with attempts to rebuild a corrupt master database, with the following startup in Admin-only mode:
sqlservr -c; -m"sqlcmd"; -f; -ServerName\InstanceNameIfNotDefault; -e"C:\path… Read more
Since I have Enabled Wireless on Windows Server 2008, and picked up a better-than-average Asus N wireless card, handling the storage needs of the home office network has been taken care of. Of course, the speeds are not comparable to gigabit transfer, but since data is written to… Read more
Oh gracious sin :)
No apologies, just that life gets in the way from volunteer work.
My regular political passions have gotten in the way too, with some Pan-Canadian activism that needed some time to ensure a successful movement started.
Anyway, MVP Summit time (my first to attend) is coming up and… Read more
There are times when I wonder why I get so few comments on this blog, however there are assumptions I have made which were confirmed to me recently again by those who wrote to me directly, or spoke with. Some told me that fewer comments are a good thing… Read more
A year after the Telegraph reported that Information Commissioner Graham would pledge a fierce approach to the stonewalling approach of public officials, and enforce the Data Protection Act, he has surely held his word. Two fines have been delivered, the first to the Hertfordshire County Council, for approximately… Read more
Notes from Mirroring Deep Dive Session with Mohammed Sharaf: Microsoft Premier Engineer (I can never learn enough about Mirroring :)
One thing I have gotten wrong before, or not elaborated on during a past presentation on mirroring, although Roman Rehak mentioned it in the Burlington, Vermont PASS chapter meeting back in May, is that we can use Reporting Services on the Mirrored copy, as long as you… Read more
I will be replacing speaker Steven Robidas on Tuesday, 23 November at Microsoft TechDays.ca Montreal. The discussion will be on Managing and Securing IT Infrastructure - session INF315: Guest vs. Host Clustering Virtual Machines: What, When, and Why? Day 1 - 3:40pm - 4:45pm. The link provides all the… Read more
Ever since I took myself voluntarily off company workstation support by installing Windows 7 on the corporate Dell E6400 laptop, I have noticed some instability due to Remote Desktop Connection Manager: each blue screen occurred while trying to connect to a Server within RDCMon or Powerpoint, but in the end,… Read more
Database Security Best Practices for the Vigilant Database Administrator and Developer (Unabridged Edit)
Below is a longer version of the equivalent Technet Article under Security TechCenter > Learn > Security Columns > MVP Articles > Database Security Best Practices
The security of corporate databases and related aspects have become increasingly important as enterprises consider the data they store, purchase, or acquire as…
The security of corporate databases and related aspects have become increasingly important as enterprises consider the data they store, purchase, or acquire as…Read more
Notes from MySQL Enterprise Lunch and Learn With Representatives from Sun & Oracle (MySQL 5.5 Now Downloadable)
Today we sat through a pizza ‘n pop lunch while listening to a MySQL Offering and Licensing for the company I have been working for as a permanent for about a year now. Since the take-over by Oracle, the joke was that speculators were thinking that the new version… Read more
Connection Strings: Database Mirroring Failover Partner Setup & Sample Backup/Restore Preparation Script
After having setup my first SQL 2008 R2 Enterprise (build level 10.50.1702) database mirror as High Safety with automatic failover, meaning synchronous commit on both servers (see operating modes), there was an obvious question that followed from those who need to employ this redundant database – which/what… Read more
The below is a republished version that has been released officially on the Canadian Federal Liberal Party's web site. Finally get some use out of that old History and Politics degree :) L'originale en français est disponible ici.
When the Bloc Québécois is a Nuisance for Quebeckers’ Interests: The… Read more
After having a few heated discussions on Facebook in reference to Open-Source Relational Databases, I would like to refer those who think that MySQL will cost your company nothing to the MySQL Enterprise DBA Savings Calculator page.
All Database servers have to be managed, and there are the costs… Read more