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  • 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...
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  • 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: 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 Certification

    Value of Certification The payout on certification in the IT Industry has been a key value to my professional career for many years. As I became certified on Windows NT and SQL Server 7.0 in 1999, qualified as Microsoft Certified Trainer and started teaching Microsoft Official Curriculum Courseware...
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  • Blog Post: SQL Server Hands-on-Labs at PASS

    A lot of the attendees are asking if the SQL Labs that we are running at the conference are available and where they can find demos / recordings. The majority of our labs and training materials on SQL 2008 R2 are covered here
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    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)...
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