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,┬áLinkedIn 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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