Here’s my bookmarked links for October 17th through October 23rd:
SQL Server Links
- Series of “Bad habits to kick” by Aaron Bertrand – There were a ton of great tips in this series, and I’m glad to see it getting press.
- Which Visual Studio 2010 is Team Suite? – Both Premium and Ultimate versions come with Data Dude features, and all versions come with Windows Azure access.
- How to use SP_CONFIGURE in SQL Server – Great summary by Mike Walsh of this basic tool.
- An Introduction to SQL Server System Databases – Good beginner/101 article for new database administrators.
- TIP: How to Run Programs as a Domain User from a Non-domain Computer – How to run SQL Server Management Studio as a different Windows domain user. Awesome for consultants.
- Meet the MCM’s and MCA’s! – Only 8 people outside of Microsoft have achieved the Microsoft Certified Master status in SQL Server. 8.
- MSDN Premium Subscribers and BizSpark Members to Receive Windows Azure and SQL Azure Benefits – Woohoo! Developers will have access to Microsoft’s cloud services.
- The patching game. – Test before you apply even the smallest patches to your SQL Server infrastructure.
- SQL Server Reporting Services Disaster Recovery Case Study – I often hear from folks who want to build DRP solutions for SSRS. This post lays out how to do it.
- Should I have a SNAC with my cumulative update? – When SQL Server patches and updates come out, we don’t always think to upgrade our clients, but there’s important fixes in there.
- Virtualisation for the DBA part 3 – SQL Server Performance – Andrew Fryer explains why a lot of servers work just fine under virtualization, and how to make ‘em work even better with data compression.
- What Direction Do You Choose? – Kevin Kline talks about how the PASS Nomination Committee works.
- PASS Update #16 – Andy Warren talks about his vision for PASS in the future. Great ideas.
- PASS Board Candidates – Andy Leonard explains why we should check managers for calluses.
- PASS Summit – My List of Tips – Andy Warren’s recommendations for a good time in Seattle.
- Transparency and PASS – Steve Jones talks about the nomination process.
- PASS Update #17 – Andy Warren talks about the ruckus around the PASS elections.
- Where Are My Cookies? – Tom keeps bringin’ the transparency to PASS.
- Another Year, Another Missed PASS Summit – K. Brian Kelly won’t be making it to Seattle this year, but he has two really good excuses: twins on the way.
- Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2: Problem Steps Recorder – Windows 7 is awesome. Seriously, if I didn’t already have a Mac, and if I found a non-Apple laptop I liked enough, I might just roll with Windows 7. This is yet another example of why.
- Reading gets personal with Popular items and Personalized ranking – I already found a couple of interesting new feeds with this new Google Reader feature.
- Steve Ballmer’s Windows 7 pitch features MacBook Pro in the background – Yes, it does. Somebody’s gonna get fired.
- Setting up Hyper-V with a UPS – Set up your hypervisor so that it gracefully shuts down the guests first when the power goes out.
- Everyone Should Be Skeptical About Cloud Service Providers – Great post about problems with cloud providers and what questions you should ask.
- USB PC Prankster: guaranteed to freak out, enrage your cubicle mates – Turn on caps lock or garble text on someone’s PC after a timer delay. Brilliant.
The Junk Drawer
- Healthiness of food vs. cost of food – The less it costs, the worse it is.
- How to Speed Read Like Theodore Roosevelt – does what it says on the box.
- 10/16/09 PHD comic: ‘Parental Expectations vs. Time’ – Oh, man, I’ve been on the receiving end of this phone call.