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Archives: August 2010

DBTA:Reaching for Highly Scalable Systems with SQL Server 2008

SQL Server has supported VLDBs (very large databases) for some time now. Back in the SQL Server 2000 days, I recall hearing multi-terabyte databases were unusual but doable. Now, they are commonplace, while databases in the hundreds of terabytes inhabit the part of the map that says “there be dragons.”… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 30 August 2010

Plays Well With Others – Inaugural

Professional Development for the SQL Server Technologist


This series of posts is dedicated to enhancing your soft skills.  For many technologists, the day-to-day grind of work tends to keep us focused on the SQL Server part of work and causes us to overlook the Professional.  While we, as technologists, spend… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 August 2010

Free Software for Unemployed Developers

Each month, for six months, Arnie Rowland will  be giving away a package of software, books, training, and development tools, valued at over $15,000, to an unemployed or underemployed developer that takes on a software project of his/her choice with a non-profit.

“The idea is to provide the recipient access… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 27 August 2010

Video: Quest Software Set to Be SQL Server “Rock Star” at PASS 2007

Watch a full interview with Kevin Kline, president of PASS and technical strategy manager, SQL Server, Quest Software as he discusses the evolution of SQL Server.

Posted September 17, 2007.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 26 August 2010

DBTA: Long-Term Changes Resulting from Policy-Based Management

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that my company’s IT department was bracing for a major new line of work. Back in the mid 1990s, we were going full steam into client-server technology. At the same time, we were significantly expanding our workforce. The IT department that… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 23 August 2010

Video: Interview – Part 4 SQL Server Community

My Vlog- Heather Eichman interviews Kevin Kline, the former President of PASS and systems specialist for the SQL Server Business Unit at Quest Software.

Posted February 04, 2008.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 August 2010

DBTA: The New Master’s Certification from Microsoft

In July, Microsoft announced its new advanced training and certification program known as the Master’s Certification. (Read more about it at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/master/default.mspx). I’m really excited about this new certification because it fully lives up to the standard of “the appropriate certification for the appropriate audience.” For one thing, if you’ve… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 16 August 2010

Join O’Reilly on Facebook

O’Reilly Media on Facebook is a place for for anyone who is a fan of O’Reilly, whether you’ve been following their books, conferences, webcasts, and more since the very beginning or you recently jumped onto the bandwagon. Join O’Reilly on Facebook now.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 12 August 2010

Video: Worth Upgrading to SQL Server 2005

Why companies should upgrade their databases to SQL Server 2005.

Posted December 19, 2006.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 12 August 2010

Toad for Cloud Databases Community is now live!

Quest Software proud to announce the internal launch of the Toad for Cloud Databases community site.  Check it out, we welcome your feedback.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 August 2010

DBTA:What to Expect at the PASS 2008 Summit

With SQL Server 2008 now RTM, what’s your best opportunity to learn about the new features and capabilities of Microsoft’s premier data management platform? The PASS 2008 Community Summit! The Professional Association for SQL Server (www.sqlpass.org) is holding its ninth annual event this November in Microsoft’s own backyard in Seattle… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 August 2010

Google Wave is Dead. Long Live the Wave!

I Never Could Hang 10 (Minutes) on Google Wave

While enduring an endless series of flight delays and disgruntled passengers in the Baltimore airport that was my own personal travel hell on the evening of Thursday, August 5th, I came across this interesting and important article:


Even if you… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 August 2010

Video: Influence and Authority

In today’s podcast, Kevin Kline talks about the difference between influence and authority, and why IT professionals need to work on their influence to succeed.

You can view this video in higher quality or your favorite portable formats at:


Posted December 24, 2008.

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 August 2010

DBTA: Forecasting SQL Server in 2010

After the misery  that was 2009, most of the SQL Server users I talk to are happy that 2010 started in languid fashion. Not that there isn’t a lot of work to do; on the contrary, there’s more work than ever. However, the long hours and multiple projects of 2009,… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 August 2010

DBTA: The Shape of Licensing Costs to Come

One fall semester many years ago, I was a university freshman.  Actually, I was anything but “fresh.” I was dumb enough to think that 8 a.m. was a wonderful time to attend Economics 101. After staying up  until the wee hours most every night, the “dismal science” took on more… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 August 2010

DBTA: Microsoft’s Trajectory for SQL Server Becomes Clear with PowerPivot

I was once asked what I thought Microsoft’s overall product trajectory for SQL Server was, in light of Oracle’s rather obvious trajectory of acquiring multiple application vendors who will, in turn, deploy more and more of their applications to the Oracle database platform.  To be honest, I had a little… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 August 2010

DBTA: What’s the Fuss about Data Deduplication?

Listen to a group of database professionals talk for awhile and someone will eventually bring up the topic of data deduplication. Data deduplication is a means  to eliminate redundant data, either through hardware or software technologies.  To illustrate, imagine you’ve drafted a new project plan and sent it to five… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 August 2010

DBTA: Security as an Afterthought

If you’ve read the IT press at all these days, you know that SQL Injection (SI) attacks are very common and can be devastatingly effective. In fact, SI attacks-equally easy to execute against Oracle, MySQL, IBM DB2, or Microsoft SQL Server-are among the most common hacks on the Internet today.… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 August 2010

DBTA: The Big Keep Getting Bigger

In this season of recession and financial meltdowns, a common question seems to be, “How big is ‘too big to fail’?” Titans of the financial industry made big bets with lots of risk and, when they didn’t pan out, American society overall has to pay the price.  But, that aside,… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 August 2010

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