Monthly Archives: November 2010

Multiple Mirrors

Up through SQL Server 2008 R2 database mirroring has been limited to a single mirror for each database. While that does work well for many companies, as you become larger and more dependent on your computer systems, there is a … Continue reading

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Help with Performance

One of the things that so many people working with SQL Server struggle to do is identify what is happening on their servers. Despite all the DMVs, DMFs, and other tools available, I regularly see questions posted about the trouble … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Blogs

I highly encourage people to blog. I know that not everyone is a writer, but I think that blogging helps build some extremely valuable skills: communication skills. We all need them, and they help us in our careers, no matter … Continue reading

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Buried

Coming back after a week off, even a holiday week when traffic is relatively low, is no fun. I have tons of email, lots of articles, and more than a few meetings to get to as well as a lot … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Checklist Manifesto

Andy Warren recommended The Checklist Manifesto to me and after seeing his review, I decided to grab it. It’s written by a surgeon, and starts with a few stories of how people were saved in the ER by some amazing … Continue reading

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Do You Talk Salary in the Interview?

This is a reprinted editorial from August 2, 2005. It is being republished as Steve is on vacation. A friend recently interviewed someone in his company for another position. The internal candidate knows the salary ranges and the position in … Continue reading

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I’m a Midnight DBA

Well, not really. However when I was recently up in Seattle, Jen and Sean McCown contacted me about being on their show and doing an interview. I agreed, and we met late, as in starting around 9:30pm one night, to … Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7

The Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices are out, and recently at conferences all around there were a  number of people sporting the new devices and blogging, tweeting, and more about their new toys. Since I tend to know many people … Continue reading

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A Couple Interesting Talks

At the PASS Summit a few weeks ago, the keynote talks and the WIT luncheon were streamed live to the world. I watched most of the talks from my house, and some of them were very interesting. I wouldn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Quiet Time

It’s vacation week for me. Everything’s scheduled for SQLServerCentral, and my family is taking our annual ski break for Thanksgiving. We left on Sunday, after I returned from SQL Saturday #59 and are not due back in town until Fri … Continue reading

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