SQL University: Virtualization Basics

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This week we’re going to talk about a topic that has been gaining steam in the last few years and as it has it has started impacting database administrator’s worlds more and more: virtualization. Why do I make this statement? Well since the economy currently sucks, shops are finding ways to consolidate and make their […]

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Small Business Hardware

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[NOTE] My blog post scheduling-fu is weak, so this post didn’t go out Friday as planned. My apologies. This is the final installment of our Small Business series. So far we talked about how to get the software, and we’ve talked about the different options of SQL Server available to you. Today we’re going to […]

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SQL University: SQL Server Editions for Small Businesses

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In our last session we talked a little bit about the different options you have in regards to SQL Server in your environment. We talked about HOW to get the software but now we’re going to talk about what the different editions are and what they offer you. For a quick comparison between editions you […]

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SQL University: Architecture for Small Businesses

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Welcome back to SQL University! This week we’re going to be discussing architecture. In previous weeks we’ve discussed architecture at a high level (Capacity Planning Week) but this week we’re going to get a little more focused. SQL Server is used by businesses of all sizes from local grocery stores to large-scale sites like MySpace […]

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SQL University: Precedence Constraints

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Welcome back, class! In our last class, we setup a parent-child package configuration and showed how you can pass variables between the two in order to complete a unit of work. In today’s class we’re going to continue exploring that data load package and take a look at another critical piece of SSIS that you […]

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SQL University: Parents Just Don’t Understand

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Welcome to the second week of SSIS this semester at SQL University. Today we’re going to talk about the relationship between children and parents. Ever had communication issues with your kids when you ask them to complete a chore? When they’re done, wouldn’t it be nice if they always came back and let you know they […]

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SQL University Lecture Series: Women in Tech

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This week SQL University is on Spring Break but we’ve lined up some activities to help keep students busy (you know what they say about idle hands and whatnot!). In continuation of Women’s History Month, and properly coming off of the heels of the 24 Hours of PASS event, we’re proud to have our next […]

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SQL University: State of the Union

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Well the new year is here and SQL University is back and better than ever! I just wanted to take a minute to bring everyone up to speed on what’s going on with SQLU. First off the last semester we had (Spring 2010) started rather late, which pushed the rest of the schedule quite a […]

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SQL University: Spring 2011

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Welcome back students! We’re very excited to start up a new semester and SQLU is back and better than ever! This semester we’re lucky to have 7 MVP’s, 7 Women in Tech (most ever!) and a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SQL Server presenting topics. In addition to our regular lessons we have the SQL Rockstar […]

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Creative Writing Pt II: Blogging

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In the first part of this week’s documentation series we covered documentation in the traditional sense. In today’s lesson we’re going to talk about a new avenue which many are using as a sort of documentation repository and that is the personal tech blog. Now I could use this lesson as an entire post on […]

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