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  • Windows Azure End to End Examples

    I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts. I quickly want to put those into ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 29, 2012
  • How Microsoft helps you NOT break your Windows Azure Application: Storage Services Versioning

    One of the advantages of using Windows Azure to run your code is that you don’t have to constantly manage upgrades on your platform. While that’s a big advantage indeed, it immediately brings up the question - how do the upgrades happen? Microsoft upgrades the Azure platform in periodic increments, and the components that are affected are ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 6, 2011
  • Finding IP Addresses With CMS

      I was just tasked with putting together a list of all the IP Addresses of the SQL Servers that one of my clients deals with on a daily basis. In this case there was over 30 of them and while I could ping each one individually I found an easier way that you might find useful as well if you are in the same circumstance. I figured there must ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on July 25, 2011
  • The latest edition of the SolidQ Journal is now available

      The SolidQ Journal is published monthly by SolidQ and packed with lots of good information related to SQL Server and related topics. If you haven’t already signed up to get these each month then have a look here.  It’s a free resource that only cost’s you the time to read it .   Andy
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on July 11, 2011
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Operations Guide

    Some members of the SQL CAT Team just released an Operations Guide for SQL 2008 R2 Analysis Services that can be found here. While I am not a SSAS person by any means this looks pretty cool and worth while for anyone who does work with it so have a look. Andrew J. Kelly
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on June 1, 2011
  • Computer books are dead. Well, some of them, anyway.

    I read a lot. I mean a LOT. It seems that computer professionals have much in common with medical professionals – we have to read in order to stay on top of our game. For me, this used to mean web sites, magazines, and other print medium, and of course lots of books. I’ve even written several computer books myself and had them published. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 10, 2011
  • Cloud Computing and the Importance of Code Diagrams

    Most mature development shops use various code diagrams to give a symbolic representation of high-level and database code structures. Standards such as Business Process Model Notation (BPMN), Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) and the Unified Modeling Language (UML) are a few I use all the time. In the Distributed Computing (Cloud Computing) ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 3, 2011
  • New Book on the Query Optimizer

      A friend of mine Benjamin Nevarez has written a book on the inner workings of the Query Optimizer and it was just released. I read a preview and was definitely impressed so I expect the full version to be just as good. More details can be found here and it is available at Amazon here as well. I hope you enjoy it. Andy
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on April 9, 2011
  • System Center Advisor Collection Details

      The System Center Advisor team (formally Project Atlanta) now lists some pre-release documentation on exactly what information they collect and how you can view it before it gets uploaded. So if you are wondering what they collect you can have a look at the downloadable spreadsheet and see for yourself. Obviously this may change as it is ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on April 6, 2011
  • Project Atlanta Has a New Name

      Brad Anderson just completed a keynote in Las Vegas at the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 and announced the new name for what was originally called Project Atlanta. Dot da da dah… And the new name is:  System Center Advisor.  You can find much more information at  The product also goes from a ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on March 22, 2011
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