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    SQL Server Essentials For Non-DBAs

    In my session on SQL Server Essentials for Non-DBAs I tried to provide a very high-level overview of key concepts and concerns that ‘reluctant’ or ‘accidental’ DBAs should know....More
  • Feb 11, 2013
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    Using Dropbox for SQL Server Backups 3

    It should go without saying that organizations aren’t created equally; what works for some would be preposterous for others, and so on....More
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    Jan 28, 2013
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    SQL Server Standard Edition Licensing Limits

    SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition are both limited to a maximum of 4 sockets/16 cores and a measly 64GB of RAM....More
  • Dec 31, 2012
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    My Favorite Tool of 2012: Remote Desktop Manager 3

    I’ve used gobs of tools this year. Too many to mention. Many of them just plain awesome. But one tool stands out above the rest – to the point where I just can not ‘shut up’ about how great it is. Here’s what’s to love about Devolution’s Remote Desktop Manager....More
  • Dec 18, 2012
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    SQL Server and Anti-Virus

    Every once in a while, one of my SQL Server Consulting clients asks me for my opinions about running Anti-Virus on production SQL Servers. And, amazingly enough, I actually (personally feel and) argue that anti-virus really shouldn’t be run in production data centers....More
  • Nov 26, 2012
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    Avoiding 'Failed to notify <operator> via email' errors

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the words associated with the following picture would probably involve a decent amount of muttering and cursing about the the DREADED ‘Failed to notify' via email’ error message that you might see crop up in your environment every once in a while—on new or recently provisioned servers....More
  • Nov 26, 2012
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    Can LUNs Be Extended Online Under VMware and Hyper-V? 2

    There's no reason whatsoever to take any sort of outage when expanding a LUN either in a virtual or physical environment. Here's the process, explaining exactly what needs to be done to expand a LUN....More
  • Nov 20, 2012
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    Should I Be Using SAN Snapshots as a Backup Solution? 5

    As the DBA I want to control the database backups and I don't want to be using SAN Snapshots as a backup, because no matter what any vendor says a Snapshot is not a backup....More

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Feb 12, 2016
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Your Data’s Rate of Decay

Did you know that data has a half-life? That is the amount of time it takes for the information in your database to go bad. How? Because contact data is always changing....More
Feb 5, 2016
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The Solution to Large Quantities of Data

High-quality data is key to uncovering meaningful insights and new opportunities. Melissa Data has recently released a new tool, Data Profiler, to help companies that are dealing with large quantities of data and need a full spectrum of solutions that work....More
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Jan 25, 2016
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Top Takeaways from Microsoft's Reporting Roadmap

The future for on-premises Microsoft business intelligence looks a whole lot brighter these days. Here are the top five takeaways from Microsoft's recent business intelligence announcements....More
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