Second Chances: PASS Community Choice Sessions

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Recently I found out that my PASS presentation submission ‘Policy-Based Management’ has a second chance to be accepted for the conference (which I’m really grateful for!) but I need your help! Please take a minute to head over to the Community Choice Sessions page and cast your vote (up to 5 selections). As long as […]

Make It Simple With Policy-Based Management

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At work recently, I explained to a coworker the reasons and benefits of having databases in Simple mode in your development environment. Funnily enough, a few hours later, I see my friend Andie Letourneau (Blog | Twitter) posted a blog on how to adjust your recovery modes in development. While Andie’s homework assignment is to […]

Automating Web App Deployments with SSIS

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This is just a quick note to let everyone know I’ve uploaded the project files from my Pragmatic Works webinar on Automating Web Application Deployments with SSIS. You can find the link on my Presentations page. If you missed the presentation you can view the recording of it here. The zip file includes a readme […]

SQL Server Denali CTP3: Policy Based Management

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Whether you know it or not, Policy-Based Management is an integral part of the new release of SQL Server “Denali”. Did you know that the HADR feature actually leverages PBM for checks? Yup, that’s right folks. If you’re an administrator and you’re NOT using Policy-Based Management yet, I highly recommend you pick up a book […]

LulzSec: Why You Should Care

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Wow, it’s been a crazy last couple of months with LulzSec running around doing what they do. Oh, what’s that? You’ve never heard of them? Well for many outside of IT this is probably the case. For those of us who ARE in IT have more than likely heard of them as well as their […]

Pragmatic Tools: DTSxChange (Or DTS Must Die!)

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Ah DTS packages…they suck. Seriously, it’s 2011. It’s been over a decade and we still have SQL 2000 and DTS packages lingering around our shops…sitting there…taunting us…asking to be upgraded but HOW? There’s SO much work having to learn SSIS, figure out what the current DTS package even does, figure out what shiny new components […]

Pray For Me…I’m Writing the Bible!

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Well not THE Bible, but rather the SQL Server Bible! I’m incredibly excited and proud to say I’ll be one of the primary authors on the 2011 edition (aka “Denali”). Who are the rest of the folks involved on this venture? Check out this great list of authors: Primary Authors Adam Jorgensen (Blog | Twitter) […]

Pragmatic Tools Week: Task Factory

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If you’ve ever spent any time doing SSIS development work, you’ll eventually come to a point when developing something and you think to yourself “there has GOT to be an easier way of doing this”. We at Pragmatic Works feel the same way so our team of developer monkey ninjas put together a nifty toolset […]

SQLRally Overdrive: Birds of a Feather Discussions Event

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Just wanted to post a quick note/invitation to everyone to come join us on Thursday, May 12th from 5:45-7:00 for the SQLRally Overdrive: Birds of a Feather Discussions event. We’ll have several tables, each with a dedicated expert in the field hosting conversations. Want to delve into some shop talk about PowerShell? Curious about how […]

Pragmatic Tools Week: BIxPress

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Much like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor had his themed weeks, we’re going to do something similar. This week we salute: (play fanfare music here) the Pragmatic Works BI toolset. Today we’re going to talk about BIxPress. I’ve previously posted on BIxPress and how it helps DBAs out, but the heart of this product is really […]