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Let’s mix things up with a new way to learn.

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Because learning SQL Server is painful, we’ve been experimenting with new topics, new guest instructors, new ways of talking to other students during class, and much more. In addition to our new live class lineup covering PowerShell, Linux, Always On Availability Groups, SSIS, and analytics, I’ve also got something wildly new. I’ve got a new…
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Learning SQL Server is painful.

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Blogs are free, but they’re bite-sized. They’re great when you’ve only got a few minutes, and you wanna learn a single small thing. But they’re not organized in any kind of flow at all – you’re jumping around all over the place, learning random small things. You’re not really mastering a topic start to finish. “Wait…
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Announcing More Online SQL Server Classes

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Our recent class lineup did pretty well, so now we’ve got a new round: Always On Availability Groups: The Senior DBA’s Field Guide with Edwin Sarmiento – December 20-22, $2,995 – Learn clustering, design, topologies, readable secondaries, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Expert SSIS Training with Andy Leonard – December 4-5, $1,995 – For SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)…
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The 2017 Company Retreat in Photos: Alaska

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For our annual company retreat, we flew to Seattle, boarded the Ruby Princess, and visited Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria. No stories or explanations – just photos. Enjoy! Ruby Princess in Alaska After kayaking in Chilkoot Lake Lots of glaciers Watching glaciers calve Mountain goats (the caramel-colored things) Passing a sailboat in the fog Bear…
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I’m on the new SQLPlayer Podcast

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Me, Damian Widera, and Kamil Nowinski in Wroclaw On my Poland trip, I sat down with Kamil Nowinski and Damian Widera to talk about how I got started with presenting, why I don’t use PowerShell (but you should), how sp_Blitz ended up on Github, my work/life balance, the Microsoft Certified Master exam, and a lot…
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Announcing Expert SSIS Training with Andy Leonard

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SQL Server Integration Services has changed a lot over the last decade, but one thing has remained the same: Andy Leonard has been the go-to name in the business. I’m excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Andy for online delivery of his master-level course, Expert SSIS Training. Here’s the abstract: Data integration is the…
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Announcing PasteThePlan.com: An Easier Way to Share Execution Plans

Since the dawn of man, people have struggled with sharing execution plans with each other for performance tuning. Now, it’s easy. First, get yourself a plan: Get the estimated execution plan by hitting control-L or clicking Query, Display Estimated Plan. Right-click on the graphical plan, and click View XML. Copy all of that. Or even…
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