SQL Server Links
SQL Server 2008 Indexing Best Practices – Jose Barreto’s notes from a class taught by Kimberly Tripp.
Using GUIDs as Primary Keys – Kimberly Tripp lays out all the reasons this is a bad idea.
What DBAs can Learn from Doctors and Pilots – Mike Walsh suggests that we need to do a better job with checklists and plans.
50 Things to Know Before Migrating to MySQL – the article is targeted at Oracle DBAs, but the same concepts apply to SQL Server DBAs. We take a lot of things for granted in a SQL Server environment.
Cloud and Virtualization Links
Cisco Announces A Line of Servers – virtualization abstracts the hardware away and makes it a real commodity: you can swap any hardware in and out from under your virtual servers. Cisco’s betting that they can step in and build a line of blade servers specifically targeted at the virtualization market, and that you’ll be able to buy everything (IP network, SAN networking and server hardware) from a single vendor. A lot of bloggers analyzed the announcement, but I linked to my favorite one by StorageMojo.
Amazon EC2 pricing changes – if you’re willing to commit to a year in advance, you can get cheaper pricing. Neat option for disaster recovery, and I’ll be blogging more about using EC2 for SQL Server log shipping as the SSWUG V-Conference approaches.
iSCSI Multipathing in VMware ESX – virtualization still isn’t easy enough, and reading through this post, you’ll see what I mean.
FizzBin: The Secret Tech Support Handshake – wouldn’t it be cool if us IT gurus had a secret word that we could use to bypass first level support?
More Microsoft Team Blogs – the level of transparency at Microsoft around blogging kicks butt.
How to Lose Customers – Aaron Alton talks about changing policies, overpromising, and setting expectations.
WeFollow: The Twitter Directory – you send a tweet to @WeFollow with three keywords, and they log you in their directory for people searching for those keywords. Might be a flash in the pan, but worth a shot. Right now it’s just miserable trying to find people on Twitter.