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  • Dev Advice: Make a Tiny Dev Database Act Like a HUGE Prod Database

    Here's an evergreen question. It's a question that never completely goes away. But lately, I've been getting it a few times per week. So I thought it's time to readdress the question, which usually takes some form of the following:I can't really do effective development on my little dev laptop because our production SQL Server database is 15 ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 16, 2012
  • Simplifying CSV Data Loads

    Data files containing comma separated values, or CSV, are some of the most common data formats used for data representation and storage outside the database.  When it comes to loading CSV data into the database, many options exist, however, few make it as simple as CSVexpress, powered by expressor software.  I recently visited ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 27, 2011
  • What I'm Reading, July 22 2011

    I read too much, and that, my friends, is an entirely separate topic for a blog post. But I thought I'd share with you a little more about what I'm reading because sometimes, if I'm lucky, it might be something you'd enjoy too. So I'm going to start sharing what I'm reading at least once per week, partly so that I don't firehose too many ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 21, 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Platforms Blog Watch

    Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster Grab your own poster! A visual guide to key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008R2     Virtually Free Get the latest update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2 and be sure to bookmark the Windows Virtualization ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 20, 2011
  • Database Maintenance Scripting Done Right

    I first wrote about useful database maintenance scripts on my SQLBlog account way back in 2008. Hmmm - now that I think about it, I first wrote about my own useful database maintenance scripts in a journal called SQL Server Professional back in the mid-1990's on SQL Server v6.5 or some such. But I digress... Anyway, I pointed out a couple ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 18, 2011
  • Azure, a Beautiful Color, and So Much More...

    Windows and SQL Azure Resources Cloud computing is more than just the latest buzz word in the IT trade papers. It is a remarkable paradigm shift with as much potential to ''turn over the apple cart'' of IT computing as client-server had for the world of mainframe and minicomputers. If you're not spending time to learn about cloud computing, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 27, 2011
  • New on SQLMag - Automating the Startup and Shutdown of Windows Services

    I just posted a new blog entry on how I automate the shutdown and startup of Windows services. Check it out at http://www.sqlmag.com/blogs/tool-time.aspx.  Be sure to let me know what you think and if you have your own unique methods for automating the control of Windows services!Many thanks,-Kevin-Twitter @kekline-More content at ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 27, 2010
  • The Awesomeness of ROBOCOPY Now at SQLMag

    If you're like me, you've used Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V more than a time or two, but you've always felt a little dirty afterwards.  Yeah, you can use the command-line COPY or XCOPY utilities.  But they're decidedly 20th Century, much like some of the laundry still loitering under my office couch. So I spent a little time over the holidays ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 12, 2010
  • 2009: The Year in List Form

    Before I jump onto the Goals and Themeword meme started by my buddy, Thomas LaRock (blog | twitter), I decided I'd spend a few minutes looking back on both the year 2009. (From a personal standpoint, the 00's were my most difficult decade yet.  Major problems of every stripe beset me on all sides and with alarming frequency throughout ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 5, 2010
  • Like PowerShell for SQL Server?

    Check out my new Tool Time column in this month's SQL Server Magazine. It features some great new PowerShell scripts and information from Chad Miller (blog) who I had the pleasure to meet in person back in October of this year while speaking at the SQL Server of central Florida and at SQL Saturday #21. In addition, I'd like to point out a free ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 14, 2009
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