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  • Two Presentations This Weekend at #SQLSaturday349 in Salt Lake City

    I have the privilege of being selected to fill two slots this weekend at #SQLSaturday349 in Salt Lake City.  The venue is simultaneously hosting the Big Mountain Data event. My talks are: To the Cloud, Infinity, & Beyond: Top 10 Lessons Learned at MSIT & Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flippnig the DW /faster Bit ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on October 24, 2014
  • AdventureWorks 2014 Sample Databases Are Now Available

      Where in the World is AdventureWorks? Recently, SQL Community feedback from twitter prompted me to look in vain for SQL Server 2014 versions of the AdventureWorks sample databases we’ve all grown to know & love. I searched Codeplex, then used the bing & even the google in an effort to locate them, yet all I could find were ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on August 20, 2014
  • PASS Workshop “Creating a BI solution from A to Z” - Interview

    If you’re still unsure if the workshop I’ll deliver at PASS Summit the next November - “Creating a BI solution from A to Z” - is a good choice for you or not, you can get some more details reading the brief interview here: PASS Summit Post-Con Preview - Davide Mauri Where you’ll find answers to the following questions: Is there an audience ...
    Posted to Davide Mauri (Weblog) by manowar on September 16, 2010
  • Use Those Schemas, People!

    Database Schemas are just containers – they aren’t users or anything else – think of a sub-directory on the hard drive. In early versions of SQL Server we “hid” schemas, placing all objects under “dbo”, which gave the erroneous perception that Schemas are users. In SQL Server 2005, we “un-hid” or re-introduced schemas within the database. Users ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 18, 2010
  • Testing and Validation – You Really Do Have The Time

    One of the great advantages in my role as a Technical Specialist here at Microsoft is that I get to work with so many great clients. I get to see their environments and how they use them, and the way they work with SQL Server. I’ve been a data professional myself for many years. Over that time I’ve worked with many database platforms, lots of ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 4, 2010
  • Backup those keys, citizen

    Periodically I back up the keys within my servers and databases, and when I do, I blog a reminder here. This should be part of your standard backup rotation – the keys should be backed up often enough to have at hand and again when they change. The first key you need to back up is the Service Master Key, which each Instance already has built-in. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 20, 2010
  • What to leave when you're leaving

    There's already a post on this topic - sort of. I read this entry, where the author did a good job on a few steps, but I found that a few other tips might be useful, so if you want to check that one out and then this post, you might be able to put together your own plan for when you leave your job.  I once took over the system ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 15, 2010
  • Did that change really fix the problem?

    When we’re heads-down on a problem, it’s sometimes far too easy to relax the method we should follow for troubleshooting. We’re supposed to gather as much information as possible, freeze the system as much as possible, and then develop the plan for the steps to correct the problem. Then we’re supposed to make a change, test the change, and ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 2, 2010
  • Have you backed up your keys lately?

    Did you know that you already have a Server Master Key (SMK) generated for your system? That’s right – while a Database Master Key (DMK) is generated when you encrypt a certificate or Asymmetric Key with code, the Server Master Key is generated automatically when you start the Instance. So you should back all of those keys up periodically, and ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 1, 2010
  • How Does Microsoft Do IT?

    Microsoft is a big company – and of course we have a lot of IT infrastructure that we have to manage. It might surprise you to learn that we have an IT group, just like at your company. We have a networking team, a server hardware team, software teams, DBA’s, the whole bit. In fact, we have more Mac computers than just about anyone (other than ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 3, 2010
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