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Archives: March 2010

Didn't I Just Post about Slipstream making Installs Easier?

So the other day I posted, Slipstream - Makes installs simple, and this afternoon I needed to do a SQL Server 2008 Standard install to get an evaluation environment of Team Foundation Server 2010 installed.

Well, I didn't follow my own advice.  I figured I had some good reasons: Read more

1 comments, 1,394 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 30 March 2010

Slipstream - Makes installs simple

I was recently working on building a test environment for myself while I was studying for the MCITP-Database Administration exams.  SQL Server 2008 supports creating a slipstream install for service packs and cumulative updates so you can install to the latest SP or cumulative update in one step.

The problem… Read more

3 comments, 1,564 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 29 March 2010

A Personal Story about Networking

This is not a technical or SQL Server post, but it does illustrate the power of networking.

We recently took my daughter for a checkup at the eye doctor.  Our family has a history of poor eyesight and she has had glasses for a few years now.  Having moved to… Read more

6 comments, 499 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 24 March 2010

More Thoughts on Certification

After a great response to my last post on Certification, I need to post my thoughts on 70-450 PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

I scheduled the test for exactly 2 weeks after taking and passing 70-432 TS: Microsoft SQL… Read more

4 comments, 571 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 22 March 2010

Being Involved in the Community

Regular readers know that I enjoy being involved in the SQL Server community.  Over the last two and a half years I’ve progressed from being a “lurker” on the SQLServerCentral forums to one of the top posters and author, from not having attended a user group to co-President of my… Read more

4 comments, 333 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 19 March 2010

Thoughts on SQL Server Certification

This is probably part 1 of a series, but no guarantees.

Why Certify?

I've been working with SQL Server for 10 years and for most of that time I've thought certification was unnecessary.  When I first started out my boss was not a fan of MS certifications, so I wasn't… Read more

38 comments, 1,724 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 15 March 2010

PASS Releases Survey Results & Summit Location – Reactions

The Impetus

So after Andy Warren’s (@SqlAndy) blog post, PASS Update #24, last week and the follow-up posts by myself (A Swing and a Miss By PASS) and Brent Ozar (@BrentO) (PASS Summit Location Voting Results), PASS released the survey… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 11 March 2010

March OPASS Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout of 25 people for last night’s OPASS Meeting sponsored by Quest Software.

We started the meeting with the PASS Chapter Deck which has lots of information on it.  I did get one comment later that there was too much on the deck to process.

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0 comments, 365 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 10 March 2010

OPASS March Meeting with David Pless

March 9 6-8:30pm

This month's meeting sponsored by

Live Meeting: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=QFG3GW&role=attend

Speaker: David Pless

David has been a Senior Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft for three years.  As a PFE he performs health checks, conducts chalk talks, and full training workshops.  He also works on reactive and proactive engagements on… Read more

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Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 8 March 2010

A Swing and a Miss by PASS

On Saturday my son had his second baseball game.  When it was his turn to hit I reminded him to keep his eye on the ball because in his first game he had a struck out on a swing and a miss because he didn’t keep his eye on the…

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2 comments, 565 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 8 March 2010

Timing Matters

A few weeks ago I got an email from my backup administrator with a message like this:

Set type               : Backup
Set status             : Completed
Set description        : Weekday Backup

Resource name          : \\Server\Backups
Logon account          : System Logon Account
Encryption used        : None

Agent used                     : Yes
Advanced Open…

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0 comments, 298 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 4 March 2010

Speaker Evaluations for SQLSaturday #32 – Tampa

I recently received my Speaker Evaluations for my session, Why I Use Stored Procedures, from Pam Shaw (@pamshaw) and as is my custom I thought I’d share them here.  My event recap is available here.  THe basic layout of the evaluation is to rate if the session…

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2 comments, 432 reads

Posted in Wise Man or Wise Guy on 1 March 2010