SQL Server 2008 R2 Release Date: May 21 2010

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As expected, Brent “Master” Ozar (Blog | Twitter) already scooped the story, but it never hurts to help seed Boogle searches for “SQL Server 2008 R2 release date”. Well now it’s official: May 21, 2010. Recently I had the pleasure of going up to Microsoft for an R2 event with Donald Farmer (Blog | Twitter) […]

Recap: Performance Tuning and Query Optimization

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Tonight was our monthly SQL Server User Group meeting and our featured presenter this evening was Plamen Ratchev (Blog) presenting on performance tuning and query optimization. First off, he has an awesome accent. I think he’s of Croatian descent from what he mentioned but he rolls his R’s something fierce. I should’ve had him say […]

Policy Based Management with SQL 2008

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A few weeks back I presented at the Tampa SSUG meeting on Policy Based Management with SQL 2008. Unfortunately due to sickness and apparently my own laziness, I never got around to doing a follow-up post or posting my slide deck. First the slide deck: Powerpoint 2007 version Powerpoint 97-2003 version As a warning the […]

How to Create a Server-Side Trace with SQL Profiler

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This morning on Twitter my friend (and as per request, “handsome moron”, but trust me he’s no moron) Jeremiah Peschka (Twitter) asked about scheduled traces. I suggested he do a server-side trace. Unfortunately when you Google how to do this it just tells you how to do this via T-SQL but to my dismay I […]

Look Boss, The (Execution) Plan, the Plan!

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That’s right, I went the Fantasy Island route since everyone else took the good jokes. Well Tim Ford kicked off a blog meme with this setup: So You’re On A Deserted Island With WiFi and you’re still on the clock at work. Okay, so not a very good situational exercise here, but let’s roll with […]

Tampa Bay SQL Server BI User Group Meeting Tonight!

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Just an FYI tonight is the monthly Tampa Bay SQL Server BI User Group meeting. Tonight’s presentation will be by our fearless leader Rob Hatton on Creating Slowly Changing Dimensions. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM in the new Microsoft Office at: 5426 Bay Center Drive Suite 700 Tampa, FL 33609 Our sponsor this […]

Contest: Name My Chicken

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So in my first post I explained that my moniker was inspired by the rubber chicken hanging on the wall in my cube. After realizing that he’s now become an integral part of the office in that we all squeeze him whenever something breaks its time he had a name. That’s where you guys come […]

PASS DBA SIG: Understanding the Default Trace

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Today during lunch was the monthly PASS webcast for the Database Administration SIG. This month’s topic was understanding the default trace and was presented by Jonathan Kehayias (BLOG Twitter). Jonathan did a great job as he very clearly explained the nuances of the default trace (i.e. what it really is, how you query it, what’s […]

Tampa SSUG 5/19/09 Review

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Tuesday night we had our monthly SSUG. Our special guest this month was Jack Corbett (aka unclebiguns) joining us from Orlando. Jack is a software developer for New Tribes Mission in Orlando. For his take on the evening check out his blog entry on the night. We kicked off the night with a discussion I […]