Time for a change

This will be my last post on this blog, I am leaving Microsoft tomorrow.  After 14 years working for a great company with great people, I need a change of scenery.  I hope the information I have provided here has been of some use to you folks, and I wish you all the best in…

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SQL PASS Community Summit 2011

Hi all, One of the things I write about in this blog is how toget help from the Community of SQL Server users and experts, and also theimportance of conferences and networking. One of the most important conferencesof the year for SQL Server professionals is the SQL PASS Community Summit. Thisyear it will be held…

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Locks Unlocked

I’m likely not the first person clever enough to use this title, but as requested, this post will delve into Locks and try and explain them in a simple fashion. Simply put, you Lock data in a database to keep multiple operations from occurring on the same data at the same time – for example,…

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Where to post your questions in Microsoft Forums

Hi all, As some of you know, I manage about 120 MSDN and TechNet Forums for our division.  One thing I see constantly is questions that are asked in the wrong forum, and this never results in a high probability of getting an answer to your question, and getting an answer is what everyone wants! …

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What gives you trouble when learning SQL Server?

I’ve written a few posts about some of the bigger topics in learning SQL Server.  Now I’d like to hear from you – is there a particular area that you have trouble learning, due to poor documentation, unclear understanding of what the particular technology does, etc.?  Please leave a comment letting me know what area(s)…

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The MVP Summit 2011

It has been a while since I posted, and I know I am not supposed to apologize for being absent in my blogging duties according to The Rules of Blogging.  But, I will tell you what I was doing, and with whom, and that may help you to learn SQL Server a bit better, believe…

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Acronyms in SQL Server

SQL Server can be a dizzying array of acronyms to the uninitiated – SQL itself, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, SMO, DMO – the list seems endless.  In this post, I will define some of the acronyms and give a brief description of what each does, so you can decide if you are interested in learning more…

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Where to find help on Microsoft products

Hello all,   I’ve had a couple of times this week when I have been contacted by customers, and they have not been happy, as they have had issues trying to get support from Microsoft.  I fully understand the frustration, as most of us seem to have to work with at least one Microsoft product…

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Now that was easy!

This is a pretty common scenario, so I thought I would write it up and post it so everyone could see how to do this.  Here’s what happened – my manager wanted a report from me about participation in the MSDN and TechNet Forums, the exact details are unimportant, but suffice it to say, this…

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Adding data to a SQL Server Database

I’m back from vacation, and it always seems to take an extra week to clear out the inbox, catch up on the meetings you missed, etc.  So, time to dive back in to the blog and actually put some data in the database and the table we created last time.  My goal here over the…

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