On the eve of leaving for my first PASS Summit, I wanted to talk a little bit about what the SQL Server community has meant to me and my career. In my older roles at Wyeth, I was largely an Oracle DBA, but I had always dabbled in SQL Server since the beginning of my […]
This Meme Monday is hosted by Tom Larock (blog|twitter) and the subject is the worst way you have ever been asked for help. Well my last project had some nightmarish moments, like getting called at midnight for a minor problem, or having a 2 am conference call. But one developer really took the cake with […]
As some of you may have seen on my LinkedIn profile, I recently made a job change. This as always was a hard decision, as I really liked the folks I was working with at my old company and getting to work in Europe (Switzerland) was a great career experience. Here’s a little bit of […]
Jen McCown (blog|twitter) has organized a great topic for this unSQL Friday–lessons learned while presenting. Like she mentioned in her post–these don’t necessarily have to be tragedies, just things you’ve picked up along the way while presenting. Fortunately, in my few years of doing technical presentations, I’ve never had a major demo failure, or a […]
Here is my slide deck from SQL Rally–Deploying your Application to SQL Azure. http://slidesha.re/laEEnL I’ve put out a request to Microsoft on pricing for Azure Reporting Services, I’ll post here as soon as I find out.
Tomorrow I will be speaking at SQL Rally (Thursday 9:40 AM), on Deploying your Applications to the Cloud. I’ll talk a little bit about SQL Azure, and then discuss how you can use to it to benefit your business, how not to use it, and the finally what you need to do to connect to […]
This post originated one night when John Sterrett (blog|twitter) was asking for a good place to find salary information. I was able to quickly refer him to O*Net, a government database of job descriptions, and extensive salary info based on IRS return data. I mentioned that it was one of the top five things I […]
Always use notifications on your backup jobs. Backup t-logs quite frequently.
Allan Hirt Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering Paul Randal—White Paper on HA Solutions in SQL 2008 Slipstreaming SQL Server Install Building a cluster from MS Also, in answer to the question–if you lose your private heartbeat network, in 2008 the cluster will revert to using the public network, so no outage will happen. If […]
I’m presenting at 10:15 AM Saturday, at SQL Saturday in Boston, on “Building Your First SQL Cluster”. I really love presenting this topic–if you want to learn about high availability and disaster recovery concepts, and how they apply to SQL Server.I will cover clustering concepts and hardware requirements. Additionally, I will go over who in […]