What’s In Your Database?

How many different database objects are there? I don’t know the answer either but off the top of my head I’d guess somewhere between 50 and 100, depending on how you count them. Yes, I could go count them but I’m writing this on a Saturday and between you and me I’m just too lazy…

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Getting Started in the Community

As an under-grad student @ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, some 18 years ago, I first experienced the power of the technical community. I was working on a group project to build a little app for the Mac. The class was Software Engineering, CSC440, which covers the entire software lifecycle – requirements, design, implementation and…

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Register for the SQL Server Application and Multi-Server Management Private CTP!

As you probably heard, on Wednesday, November 19th, during Ted Kummert’s keynote at the PASS Summit Conference, Microsoft announced future capabilities for application and multi-server management as part of the SQL Server code-name "Kilimanjaro" release. Participate in a unique opportunity to work with SQL Server Engineers on a totally new concept for developing, deploying and…

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Application & Multi-Server Management

@ the SQL PASS Summit on 11/20 we announced our plans to release new capabilities for improving the collaboration between Data-Tier Developers and DBA and to address Multi-Server (or multi-instance) manageability for SQL Server. Anthony Carrabino has a great posting describing these capabilities. I won’t repeat Anthony here. In addition, I recorded a session Joey…

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Lost Network Connectivity on a Dell Precision 470 Running Vista

I ran into an interesting situation on my older Dell Precision 470 running Vista. For some reason a few days after I installed Vista it wouldn’t maintain network connectivity. I’d get a little yellow triangle – the warning icon – stating that I’m not authenticated on the network. I tried installing the latest drivers, I…

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Scripting DBA Actions

Last Thursday morning @ the PASS Summit I participated in a panel discussion on automating DBA tasks. It was a great discussion and I was humbled by the other panel members. During the discussion I jotted down a few notes that I didn’t get to mention during the talk. The talk was recorded and will…

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Lenovo Thinkpad X301

A few weeks ago I got a new laptop – a Lenovo x301. As is the case with all new machines it came loaded with a bunch of utilities and trial software. Most of the time I just nuke the machine right away and lay down a clean image of the OS. This time I…

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Windows Live Writer Update

Back in July 2007 I started using Windows Live Writer as my exclusive blog writing tool. I’m not a heavy blogger but I do need a tool that’s easy to use and still helps me write more complicated postings when needed. I still LOVE Live Writer. It’s simple and intuitive. It doesn’t have a bunch…

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Windows Live Mesh

I recently started using Windows Live Mesh to synchronize files between multiple machines. This software is so cool and so useful I just can’t say enough good things about it. In addition to sharing files with yourself you can setup folders to share files with others. Sharing files on the web has been around for…

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SQL PASS Summit

SQL Pass is coming up this month, November 18-21 @ the Washington State Convention Center. You can find details here. Aside from the multitude of sessions covering SQL Server there are a couple fun and interesting things that I’ll call your attention to. First, I’m participating in a panel discussing Automating DBA Processes. Quest Software…

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