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    About SQL Server Data Tools In this blog it is my goal to outline how to successfully obtain and install SQL Server Data Tools for both database development projects, as well as Business Intelligence Projects. First, we'll have a look at each of the components, and go over the features / how to install...
  • Blog Post: BareMetal Hands-on-Labs and workshop - current and futures

    Anyone who attended TechED, SQL PASS Summit, any internal Microsoft events or the MVP Summit on SQL must have heard about BareMetal hands-on-labs. Based on the interest, feedback and request to add the script files and manuals I am attaching the current DRAFT version of the Mission Critical Manual to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server BareMetal Workshop series - part 1: How to build an installation VHD file that includes all software needed to start with SQL Server 2012 Database and Business Intelligence

    I truly wanted to write this type of blog long time ago, but given the fact that next week I am teaching our SQL Server 2012 Workshop, for which I did the primary design and development (and thus also delivery), I think it is very time appropriate to start with these series now. In these series, I...
  • Blog Post: by popular demand - SQL BareMetal scripts

    If you ever attended any of our SQL BareMetal Hands-on-Labs or Workshop, pretty sure you were excited about some of the scripting. On popular demand I have looked at an easy way to distribute some of that scripting, and in the future we will continue to update these scripts with the upcoming and planned...
  • Blog Post: Automating installation of SQL Server, SSDT, Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2012

    Automated and unattended installations Being able to install software fully automated can significantly reduce download times, walking through many graphical setup tools and waiting to provide options, that you can typically fully automate. The following use case scenario will show you why, and will...
  • Blog Post: Firewall Configurations for SQL Server

    I've been asked the question many times, and you probably have seen it before ... The "warning" message that displays during a SQL Server installation and warns you about "Firewall" configurations. To optimize for a minimal footprint and maximum security, configuring the right firewall settings might...
  • Blog Post: get your hands dirty with SQL Server 2012 SP1

    Today I am happy to share with you that we released our updated hands-on-labs to our public portal. On www.microsoft.com/sqlserverlabs you'll find a set of pre-configured hands-on-labs that will allow you to get your hands dirty on the latest and greatest technology and features in SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS - Hands-on-Labs goodness ...

    To follow up on a general request by the attendees at SQLPASS, I promised to post a link to our existing SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Azure Hands-on-Labs. Some of these labs are hosted as part of the Technet Virtual Labs or MSDN Virtual labs, which makes it very easy for you to experience SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 BareMetal Workshop - Are you an MCT?

    Are you a Microsoft Certified Trainer that teaches SQL Server 2012? Based on the succes of our BareMetal Hands-on-Labs and Instructor Led Labs we are building a 2 Day Workshop for Business Intelligence and Mission Critical. Are you interested in becoming one of the referenced trainers and ready...
  • Blog Post: How to install a .MSI file unattended

    As part of our hands-on-lab builds ( www.microsoft.com/sqlserverlabs ), I frequently have to install .MSI files. Using unattended installations for the majority of software installations significantly reduces installation time. The process below indicates how to install a .MSI unattended. How...
  • Blog Post: BareMetal – Implementing a Microsoft BI solution ….. from scratch…

    I had a great opportunity to do a lot of content development to provide real hands-on-experience, through Hands-on-Labs and Virtual Machines. Mostly, this has been experienced as a great way to Learn new products, or learn how to implement features and Technology. A couple of events (conferences)...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP 3 - Product Guide

    Our team is pleased to announce the release of the SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide v1. It is available for download at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=225814 . The SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide includes...