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  • SQL Server 2014 Overview on DBTA.com

     Haven't upgraded late? Well, SQL Server 2014 is a great place to start! Perhaps this is your first time reading my column on DBTA.com or you don’t know much about SQL Server. If either of those are true, then it might be a surprise to you that Microsoft has accelerated the release cadence for SQL Server to around one new release every ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 25, 2014
  • Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server. (Now with Prizes for Participation!)

    The first big mistake I made as a DBA was coming to work with my zipper wide open. But I digress.Hear one of my most popular session via streaming media at SQLSentry.TV!Microsoft SQL Server is easier to administrate than any other relational database on the market.  But “easier than everyone else” doesn’t mean it’s easy.  And it doesn’t ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 9, 2014
  • Amazingly Useful SQL Server Articles on SQLPerformance.com

    Me and Aaron Bertrand, SQL Sentry flagbearers.One of the things we've been working on at SQL Sentry is building up institutional knowledge for the SQL Server community. There are three main ways that we're doing that on-line:Hard-core tech articles on SQLPerformance.com, edited by long-time SQL Server MVP Aaron Bertrand ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 3, 2014
  • What Does a Good Mentor Do for You?

    These would be good mentors - me plus Adam Machanic, and Klaus AschenbrennerNot long ago, John Sansom (Twitter | Blog) kicked off a SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by asking 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question:''If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 13, 2014
  • Now Playing: RunAsRadio

    I had the privilege last week of talking with Richard Campbell (t), Microsoft MVP and host of the very popular RunAsRadio podcast, a sister-show to the worldwide phenomena known as .NET Rocks!.  I had the privilege of meeting Richard and his partner at .NET Rocks, Carl Franklin (t), a few years back at the DevLink ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 2, 2013
  • New Windows and SQL Azure Resources for the IT Pro

    Here's a new post from my website, with many thanks to Microsoft DPE for the Central Region, Keith Mayer (blog | twitter), for these great tips!     Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits available on MSDN and TechNet subscription sites. This is the version I'm waiting for since it fully preserves the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 17, 2013
  • Squishy Limits in SQL Server Express Edition

    It's an old story you've probably heard before.  Provide a free version of your software product with strict limitations on performance or other specific capabilities so that folks can give it a try without risk, while you minimize the chance of cannibalizing sales of your commercial products.  Microsoft has take this strategy ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 28, 2013
  • SQLintersection!

    The best emotion to describe how I'm feeling is 'astounded'.  I'm astounded that I'm in such august company to be speaking the SQLIntersection (#iSQL) conference.  Read the blog post from my first SQL Server mentor, Kimberly Tripp, which tells you all about SQLintersection.Check out this list of speakers:Aaron Bertrand, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 27, 2013
  • Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

    In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.  REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of software/technology.I've ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 15, 2013
  • What's It Like on a SQLCruise?

    I always seem to get a question or two along the lines of ''What's it like on a SQLCruise?'' as I present at various conferences, SQL Saturdays, and user group meetings.  Since we just finished up the 2013 Miami SQLCruise, I thought it'd be a good time to recap so that you can judge for yourself if you'd ever want to do it yourself. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 5, 2013
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