Monthly Archives: August 2009

– Easiest Rebuild Ever – Windows 7

I’m somewhat conservative with my machines. These days it’s a tool for me, and I’m not looking for the coolest thing, I’m looking for something that works. I started running Windows 7 RC a few months ago when some friends … Continue reading

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Almost Forgot

I was up this morning, starting to work on my desktop. I rebuilt it yesterday, or started, with Windows 7 RTM (from Windows 7 RC) and wanted to get it done. I had a couple items for work to finish … Continue reading

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Don’t Make Me Work, VIA Rail

I got an email the other day from Canada’s VIA Rail, advertising "Discover Canada by Train" and the chance to save up to 70%. When my son was younger he loved trains, and one of the videos he had was … Continue reading

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Warming up Analysis Services with Preallocate

With Windows Server 2003 many people found that Analysis Services (SSAS) was slow to get going sometimes. So a preallocate setting was introduced that allows you to specify the initial memory setting that SSAS will get when it starts. This … Continue reading

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Building a Better Blog – Next week during the 24 hours of PASS

I’ve got a new presentation on blogging slated for next week during the 24 hours of PASS. The event is a series of presentations, 24 in all, on Sept 2-3, running continuously from people all around the world. I’m scheduled … Continue reading

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Analysis Services Memory Limits

I attended a presentation recently from Steven Wright of SQL Sentry on Analysis Services (SSAS) memory management and it was really interesting. I haven’t done much work at all with SSAS, mostly goofing around with basic cube setups, so I … Continue reading

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PASS Board of Directors – Call for Nominations

Well I feel a little strange making an announcement about this since I’m not running. A number of people have asked me to run, and I considered it, but I can’t this year. Or at least I’m not willing to … Continue reading

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SQLSaturday #23 – Session Submitted

I’m committed to SQLSaturday #23 in Louisville on October 24, 2009. I got a note the other day from the organizer and today I sent back my session. I’d been waiting to hear from Red Gate that it was OK … Continue reading

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Writing Technical Articles – A Few Simple Tips

A few simple tips that I’ve learned over the years. Keep these in mind as you write your next article. That and Which – It’s amazing how often I correct this in writing, and it was something I learned early … Continue reading

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Denver SSUG – AUG 2009

I attended the Denver SQL Server User Group meeting, wanting to get a chance to catch up with some friends in from out of town. Peter Shire and Steve Wright of SQL Sentry were in town this week to present … Continue reading

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