Monthly Archives: June 2012

The High Availability Poll

The cost of building highly available databases dropped with the introduction of Database Mirroring in 2005. Without the need to purchase identical hardware for a spare system, it became much easier and less expensive to set up extra systems that … Continue reading

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Password Help

In case you haven’t heard, LinkedIn passwords were hacked and posted online. If you haven’t changed your LinkedIn password since the attack, please stop reading and go do it now. In reading about the attack, I sent a few friends a … Continue reading

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The Redmond Agenda

  TechEd was recently held in Orlando, and I watched a few highlights of the event remotely from the ranch in Colorado. One thing was quite apparent from the coverage is that the cloud is very important to Microsoft. They’ve … Continue reading

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Using a Symmetric Key

In my Encryption Primer talk, I do demo on symmetric key use, and wanted to document it here. Encryption is a serious subject, and please do your research and education, as well as testing, before you implement it. This post … Continue reading

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Last Week to Enter the Exceptional DBA Contest

Just a reminder: you have until this Friday to enter the 2012 Exceptional DBA awards. I’m judging, and looking forward to reading the entries next week, so get them in. A hint: communication skills matter. Take some time and think … Continue reading

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Down and Dark

I came back from vacation to find the home DSL line bouncing up and down a bit. I wasn’t overly worried, and the kids knew to restart the router when it went down, crossing their fingers for a good connection. … Continue reading

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Documenting the Undocumented

There are any number of functions in SQL Server that are undocumented. I have no idea how many there are because, well, they’re undocumented. I can’t see the source code, so I’m not sure what’s actually encoded in the platform. … Continue reading

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The Next Generation

There have been more and more Women in Technology panels and discussions at SQL Saturdays and other events in the past few years. I think these are a great way to talk about interesting more women in technological careers and … Continue reading

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Almost an MCSA

I took four beta tests earlier this year for SQL Server 2012. I had debated writing another book, and I’ve worked on a few of the cert books in the past, so I thought this would be a good chance … Continue reading

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Stump the Wizard

Today we have an editorial from Aug 3, 2007. It is being republished as Steve is on vacation. It goes like this: Kendall: “I need a coach…Kyle!” They confer in the back seat of the car and in a minute … Continue reading

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