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What Does a Good Mentor Do for You?

These would be good mentors – me plus Adam Machanic, and Klaus Aschenbrenner

Not long ago, John Sansom (Twitter | Blog) kicked off a SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by asking 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question:

“If you could give a DBA just one… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 13 January 2014

You’re Leading in More Ways Than You Realize

The following is an excerpt from Kevin and Joe Webb’s (Blog | Twitter) monthly IT Pro eNewsletter.

 

You’re Leading in More Ways Than You Realize


It’s that time of year again. The sights and sounds of modern-day gladiators clashing on the gridiron field. If you’re a football…

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 January 2014

What’s the Hidden Issue in the Recent PASS Bylaw Changes?

The 2004 PASS Board of Directors

On December 19, 2013, the PASS board of directors (BoD) proposed a small and targeted set of bylaw changes in response to CA relinquishing the BoD seats they were entitled to as a Founding Partner in the professional association.

How Did CA Get Involved…

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5 comments, 1,468 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 31 December 2013

One Piece of Advice for the Aspiring Junior DBA

This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom (Twitter | Blog).

“If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?”

John asked 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question. I share my own thoughts… Read more

6 comments, 247 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 December 2013

Now Playing: RunAsRadio

I had the privilege last week of talking with Richard Campbell (t), Microsoft MVP and host of the very popular RunAsRadio podcast, a sister-show to the worldwide phenomena known as .NET Rocks!.  Here’s the write-up Richard used to describe the show:

Richard talks to Kevin Kline about… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 December 2013

Coming to the PASS Summit?

Are you coming to Charlotte next week for the PASS Summit?  Let’s connect!  When ever it’s open, I’ll be in the Exhibit Hall at the SQL Sentry booth unless I’m delivering a session or something of that nature.  Here’s the sessions I’ve got on the calendar -

Tue, Oct… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 11 October 2013

Wait Statistics in SQL Server

When it comes to troubleshooting in relational databases, there’s no better place to start than wait statistics.  In a nutshell, a wait statistic is an internal counter that tells you how long the database spent waiting for a particular resource, activity, or process.  Since wait statistics are categorized by type,… Read more

7 comments, 411 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 October 2013

Fall 2013 Tour Dates

I was just looking at my upcoming tour dates, trying to get my head around the fact that I’ll be logging about 40,000 miles in just 8 weeks. What’s not to love about working with our fine TSA Agents dozens of times in the next couple months, I ask you?… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 23 September 2013

New Windows and SQL Azure Resources for the IT Pro

Thanks to Microsoft DPE for the Central Region, Keith Mayer (blog | twitter), for these great tips!

  • Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits available on MSDN and TechNet subscription sites. This is the version I’m waiting for since it fully preserves the Start menu.…

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 17 September 2013

Now Playing on SSWUG TV!

Hi friends,

I know a lot of you regularly read my blog either on my home page at KevinEKline.com, on SQLBlog.com, or one of the locations where it’s syndicated. And you may also regularly take in my content on SQLSentry.TV or my monthly column on Database Trends &… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 September 2013

Windows Azure and SQL Database News

This morning Microsoft released some great updates to Windows Azure.  These new capabilities include:

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Support: General Availability support with Windows Azure Virtual Machines for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Notification Hubs: General Availability Release of Windows Azure Notification Hubs (broadcast push notifications for Windows 8, Windows Phone,…

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4 comments, 307 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 14 August 2013

New on DBTA.com: Database Benchmarking Tools, the final article in the database benchmarking series

In the last several articles on Database Trends & Applications, I’ve been describing the benefits of reading and analyzing the benchmarking case studies released by the Transaction Processing Council. I’ve given you from a broad overview of the TPC benchmarks and shown ways that the vendor-published TPC benchmarks… Read more

2 comments, 264 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 24 July 2013

The New PASS Executive Committee of 2014

I’m sure you can understand the high level of interest I have in the internal affairs and governance of PASS.  After all, I was one of the founders of the organization way back in 1999 and was president for four years from 2003 through 2006 (fondly remembered as “the… Read more

1 comments, 524 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 July 2013

My Advice About Growing as an IT and Data Professional

First off, I should apologize for not blogging in quite a while. I’ve been traveling extensively and, because traveling can be so exhausting, I usually have to queue up blog posts to hit while I’m traveling in order to remain active while on the road.  I didn’t do that for… Read more

2 comments, 2,013 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 July 2013

MySQL, NoSQL, and NuoDB

I’ve been keen on MySQL ever since I first started using it heavily more than a decade ago.  In fact, I liked it well enough to include it as one of the four main database platforms, over and above the ANSI-ISO SQL standard, in my popular book SQL in a… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 July 2013

What’s the Data Modeling Standard for Business Intelligence Systems?

I had the good fortune to overhear some of my good friends and fellow MVPs discussing the process of data modeling for business intelligence systems.  So what are the industry standard approaches for modeling dimensional data modelling?
The short answer is that Kimball’s dimensional modeling is the most widely adopted…

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6 comments, 512 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 July 2013

Hear the SQL Server 2012 story on DotNetRocks

I was privileged to have a chat with my buddies over at www.dotnetrocks.com, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, episode number 876 (876!). Listen to the most popular internet audio talk show for .NET developers!  Here’s the abstract:

Carl and Richard talk to Kevin Kline about the latest features in SQL… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 31 May 2013

New On-Line Resources for Windows, Virtualization, and Cloud!

Ever since returning from the UK for the SQLBits conference, I’ve been snowed under a mountain of action items.  I’ve got such a backlog of things to get done, emails to answer, and family to not ignore that I’m starting to feel really guilty.

So with that in mind, I… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 May 2013

Cheaters Never Win, Even in TPC Benchmarks

In this column, I want to tell you about one of my favorite aspects of the TPC benchmarks – CHEATING. Keep in mind that I use the term “cheating” in a joking manner with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek.  But I’m also half-serious.  One of the of the… Read more

2 comments, 263 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 6 May 2013

Use TPC Database Benchmarks to Save Money

Last month, I began a series of articles describing database application benchmarking. In the first article, I told you about different ways that you can construct your own database application benchmark. However, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Transaction Processing Council (www.tpc.org) has already created… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 29 April 2013

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