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Brian Gorbett’s TulsaTechFest keynote on the Live platform

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#TulsaTechFest @msftguy keynote on Live platform – blog to follow Brian is a great presenter, but my problem with the entire Live platform can be summed up in this one slide. This slide shows all the different Live services, including Virtual Earth, Search, Hotmail, MSN, SkyDrive, etc. It’s hard to see with my iPhone camera’s…
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Self service and full service, BI and gas

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Earlier, I blogged about the upcoming Kilimanjaro and Gemini releases from Microsoft: self-service BI tools that are delivered inside Excel.  David Stein left a comment which prompted me to write this separate blog entry about self-service BI in general.  Basically, David’s comment was that the quality of data won’t be as good because the end…
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SQL Server Kilimanjaro, Gemini announcements

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At the BI Conference in Seattle, Microsoft unveiled some components of project code name Kilimanjaro, a sort of R2 release for SQL Server expected in the first half of 2010.  Here’s a couple of relevant news sources: Doug Henschen on Intelligent Enterprise – “Microsoft Will Bow In-Memory Analysis, Appliance-Ready Database in 2010” Short Kilimanjaro posts…
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GTD for my coworkers

SQL Server
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Dear Coworker, Hi.  I work differently than other people you may have worked with.  I wanna take a minute to bring you up to speed on how I do it, and what this might mean for you. I use the Getting Things Done methodology from David Allen, and here’s how I work. When You Email…
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Cringely says databases are dead

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Robert X. Cringely is a columnist for PBS – you know, the worldwide authority on hot information technology issues.  You might recognize some of their other experts like Norm Abrams and Big Bird.  Cringely’s just like them, only with less name recognition. In his latest blog, Cringely explains how cloud computing is going to make…
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SAN Tips for First-Time Users

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If you’re thinking about buying your first storage area network, do yourself a favor and go to the Aston Martin dealership first.  Smell the leather – that is, if they’ll let you sit in one – and play with the switchgear to feel how nice and solid it feels.  Pretty nice, huh? Or maybe that’s…
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Amazon EC2 will offer Windows hosting

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A lot of cool things are happening at PDC this year, and Amazon’s already showing their cards: Amazon EC2 will offer Windows hosting. That means you can turn on a brand new Windows machine – or ten – and pay by the hour according to the capacity you’re using.  Less than a dollar an hour…
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Microsoft License Plate Frame

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Microsoft License Plate Frame Picked this up at the Microsoft company store this week in Redmond. Looks great with my SQL license plate!  The only downside is that it blocks out the “Lone Star State” line.
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SQL Server 2008 upgrade poll results & thoughts

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Last week I posted a poll asking DBAs when they would use SQL Server 2008 in production.  Here’s the results after one week: In the next 3-6 months. (40%, 8 Votes) Not planning it yet. (30%, 6 Votes) In the next month or two. (20%, 4 Votes) Already done. (10%, 2 Votes) This week, I…
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Cutting to the Chase

People come running into the DBA’s corner office (okay, windowless cube) with all kinds of issues and they’re not sure what’s a database problem, what’s an application problem, or what is just a general complaint. Here’s some examples of vague requests: “Man, this application is so slow.” “The profit numbers on this report don’t seem…
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HIPAA vs SOX for database administrators

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A database administrator asked me, “If I’ve been working at a company subject to Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, and I needed to learn what was different about HIPAA regulations, what would be the difference between the two?” First, in my answer, don’t think about credit card data or customer social security numbers.  That has its own security…
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SQLIO Tutorial: How to Test Disk Performance

SQL Server, Storage
Storage is a black box, right?  The SAN admins ask how much storage space you need, you tell them, and then they give it to you.  They don’t tell you how fast (or slow) it is, they don’t know whether it meets your needs, and they probably don’t know where the bottlenecks are. It’s time…
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Oracle announces cloud computing support

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I don’t have much insight to add here, but it’s something my readers are probably into: Oracle now supports running on Amazon EC2.  They’ve got prebuilt EC2 instances that you can just turn on, a cloud management portal, and licensing options. This is such a cool time to be a database administrator.  I can’t wait…
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Leaving Caroline Collective

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In May, I leased the first desk at the Caroline Collective, a new coworking space near downtown Houston. Open Door Policy Today, I moved my stuff back out. I left because of something simple: I need too much “stuff” to do my job.  In order to do my job, I use a few pieces of…
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Why DBAs should care about storage virtualization

Storage
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Vendor hype aside, storage virtualization is really expensive technology that few shops really use.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the technology, but seriously, it’s expensive.  And that’s just the hardware/software – try hiring somebody with storage virtualization experience – hoo, boy.  But something is coming that’s changing the game, redefining what storage virtualization means.…
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When will you use SQL Server 2008 in production?

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The last several times I’ve spoken at user groups, I’ve asked for a show of hands to find out when people plan to put their first SQL Server 2008 instance in production. I ask because it helps me write better presentations – there’s no sense in me talking about something you don’t plan to use,…
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Spend a Day with the Experts – Oct 14 – Redmond, WA

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So you’ve been dying to meet me, but your job at Microsoft won’t allow you to leave the Redmond area?  Or maybe you’re tired of hearing all those bright people at Microsoft speak, and you want to hear a rank amateur fill your head with gobbledygook? Or maybe you just want free breakfast and lunch?…
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Steel Cage Blogmatch: How to Configure a SAN

SQL Server, Storage
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Jason Massie and Brent Ozar work with SQL Server for a living and write blogs for fun, but that’s where the similarities end.  Jason’s a fan of shared storage SANs: putting SQL Server data and logs on the same set of physical hard drives.  Brent’s a cheerleader for dedicated configurations where the arrays are separated…
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