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Archives: March 2012

Starting this week: Dublin, Maidenhead, and London

This might be most most overcommitted four-week period of time ever in my life.  I’m tired just thinking about it! Not only am I traveling internationally and speaking over the next few weeks, I’m also helping on two book projects, learning some new applications from Quest Software, and helping on… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 March 2012

The Expert’s Conference (TEC) – For AD, SharePoint, Exchange, PowerShell and Other Admins

What is TEC?

The Expert’s Conference (TEC) is a multi-day event featuring five co-located Microsoft educational conferences at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina April 29-May 2.  It’s pretty – see!

The event includes advanced 400-level training on Microsoft Directory & Identity (including Active Directory), Exchange Server, SharePoint, Virtualization… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 March 2012

Dev Advice: Make a Tiny Dev Database Act Like a HUGE Prod Database

Here’s an evergreen question.  It’s a question that never completely goes away.  But lately, I’ve been getting it a few times per week.  So I thought it’s time to readdress the question, which usually takes some form of the following:

I can’t really do effective development on my little dev… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 16 March 2012

Have You Heard About the Microsoft TechNet Wiki?

Here’s another one to add to your list of browser bookmarks!

The TechNet Wiki covers Microsoft technologies from writers throughout the community for use by the community. As with all wikis, this grassroots effort needs your help.

Microsoft is encouraging everyone to contribute the effort – all you have to… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 March 2012

Why Do IT Pros Make Awful Managers?

I’m being a little bit incendiary with that title.  Many IT pros grow into very good managers.  But it almost never comes naturally. It takes hard work and many hard won lessons before most of us ever achieve a degree of skill and comfort with managing other people.  Thinking about… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 March 2012

Accelerate OLTP with HP and Microsoft’s New High Performance Reference Architecture

If you haven’t started to read Shashank Pawar (blog), you’re missing out.  Shashank is part of Microsoft Australia and has been writing some very good content lately.  Here’s an example from the Reference Architecture for High Performance SQL Server:

HP and Microsoft engineering teams have worked together to… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 6 March 2012

IT Horror Stories – Managers Run Amuck!

It seems like managers, so often, either go way overboard or go into hybernation and do way to little.  This month, I had the pleasure and horror to hear two stories of managers run amuck with power. The first is from a friend and IT professional I’ll call Tony.  Tony… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 March 2012