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Advice from Aunt Kathi

Kathi Kellenberger is a Sr. Consultant with Pragmatic Works. She is an author, speaker and trainer.

What three events brought you here?

I'm not sure if I have been tagged by anyone, but this is such an interesting topic I thought I would jump in.

Turning my hobby into a career

I decided to be a pharmacist when I was 15 years old because I thought you needed to be in a… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 19 January 2010

Teaching and Learning

You learn a lot when teaching someone else, whether that be writing articles or books or actually teaching a class. But, at least for me, I find I am spending so much time on these activities, that I am not growing myself enough in other areas. I realize that I… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 23 December 2009

Holiday gift for your favorite SQL Server Professional

If you have been putting off ordering your copy of "SQL Server MVP Deep Dives", now is your chance to order the book at 50% off or $15 off. I am forwarding a message from the publisher:

This month, there are two more chances for readers to buy SQL Server Read more

2 comments, 437 reads

Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 23 December 2009

Back Home after PASS 2009

I got home Friday evening after spending several days in Seattle at PASS 2009. This was my seventh PASS Summit and my favorite so far. The best part of this Summit was being a member of the Women in Technology Luncheon Panel.  Being a member of the panel was a… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 8 November 2009

SQL Server 2008 cluster install and slipstreaming!

I was asked to set up a SQL Server 2008 cluster on Windows 2008 R2 this past week. One interesting issue I ran into was that only SQL 2008 SP1 is supported on Win 2008 RW. In that past, that meant that you could just do the SQL cluster install… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 31 October 2009

Beginning T-SQL 2008

My book "Beginning T-SQL 2008" came out about two weeks ago. http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-T-SQL-2008-Kathi-Kellenberger/dp/1430224614/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256604424&sr=8-1 It's a beginning book because I assume that the readers know nothing about T-SQL. I wanted to make sure that beginners get off to the right start, so I talk a lot about performance and cover some of the… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 26 October 2009

Thanks, Brian!

This past Tuesday, Brian Knight visited the St. Louis SQL Server User Group to present on SSIS. The day ended up being one of the best meetings our group has ever had with a record turnout of 65 in person and 21 online. We really appreciated the wonderful tips that… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 14 June 2009

Submit your PASS abstracts now!

Hey, there are probably some other blogs here letting you know that the PASS call for speakers is open right now, but another reminder can't hurt. Here is the link to the new Speaker Resource page that will give you all the information you need and the link to the… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 30 March 2009

Tagged again

Once again I was tagged to answer a question. This time by Chris Shaw http://chrisshaw.wordpress.com .

Here is the question: Do you feel like you are being treated fairly at your current or past employers? The question stems from the fact that very few people today stay at a company… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 5 March 2009

Chain Blog from Tom LaRock

I have been tagged by Tom LaRock to write about “what was your first computer and what were some of your favorite games”. 

The first computer I owned was a Texas Instruments 994A purchased in 1981. It was actually my husband's idea, but I ended up being the one who used… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 19 February 2009

St. Louis Day of .Net

Yesterday I spoke on 2008 T-SQL and Data Types at the St. Louis Day of .Net event. This was an all day event featuring about 30 speakers, most of them local, and over 50 sessions. When I was contacted by the organizers recently, I agreed to participate even though I… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 14 December 2008

Grouping Sets

I have given a talk about new data types and T-SQL features to three local groups.  I am presenting it again at the St. Louis Day of .Net on December 13th (http://stlouisdayofdotnet.com/).  Since Itzik Ben-Gan was giving a similar talk at PASS last week, I decided to attend… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 28 November 2008


I arrived home this morning after another PASS Summit. This is my 6th in a row. Each year I have more fun, get more excited about SQL Server and meet more people.

This year had a different dimension. I had additional options because of being an MVP. There were MVP sessions as well… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 22 November 2008

PASS, anyone?

In less than two days I'll be in Seattle for my 6th PASS Summit. I am trying to put all the important events in Outlook, but I am finding that there is a lot of overlap. Now that I am an MVP, there is even more to consider. I will be speaking… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 14 November 2008

Speaker workshop

Andy Warren made a trip to St. Louis this past weekend to put on a speaker workshop for our user group.  Several times a year he offers the free workshop at End to End Training in Orlando. We had a pretty good turn out. Hopefully, we will get… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 19 August 2008

SSWUG SQL Server Virtual Conference III

There are many technical conferences available for SQL Server professionals, such as PASS.  I have been lucky enough to go to the last five PASS conferences, spoke at a couple of them, and am the current Program Manager. The energy, educational sessions and networking opportunities found at PASS are just… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 10 August 2008


Probably the least enjoyable thing about being a DBA is patching servers. We received the bad news in the July MS security bulletin that a security patch MS08-040 needed to be installed on SQL Server 7 - 2005. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-040.mspx

I spent some time with our SMS guy to see if we could… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 19 July 2008

SSWUG Virtual Conference II

Today is day one of the SSWUG SQL Server Virtual Conference II. This has been really fun so far. Our sessions were pre-recorded last month and each one is played three times.  The speakers are usually available during the sessions to answer questions by chatting.  After the conference the sessions… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 24 June 2008

Virtual Conference II

Check out the SSWUG Virtual Conference next week. Here is a link with more information: http://www.vconferenceonline.com/sswug/demo.asp .  The first 200 people who use this code, VIPKK2008DIS, get a discount off the low $100 conference fee. Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 19 June 2008

RC0 and HierarchyID

I gave a presentation Tuesday to my local SQL user group on 2008 T-SQL and data types. One of the items covered was HierarchyID. I had a simple but thorough code sample that demonstrated most of the functions. I guess I have been out of the loop lately, because at some point… Read more

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Posted in Advice from Aunt Kathi on 13 June 2008

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