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  • Blog Post: I am probably the worst content submitter for an event…

    I am probably the worst content submitter for an event… Some blog readers will likely disagree with this, but if your purpose of writing a session title and abstract for a conference is “To get the conference attendees to participate and come to my session”, you are DEAD WRONG!...
  • Blog Post: Just Announced - SQL Server 2012 - coming to you in 2012

    SQL Server 2012 is coming! Today at SQL PASS SUMMIT 2011 , our CVP Ted Kummert revealed the product name of the next version of SQL Server code name "Denali". As it might not come to any surprise we are proud to announce SQL Server 2012 , releasing in - 2012! What I am excited about are the strong...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Special Ops Tour

    CALLING ALL SQL Server PROFESSIONALS: SQL Server 2012 is the most important release ever of SQL Server with its’ mission critical, breakthrough insight and cloud on your terms features. Do your part to bring the SQL Server 2012 roadshows to your city and get on stage with Microsoft ! This March...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America and TechED Europe Registration is open - register for my pre-con with @SQLRockstar and @scarydba

    Join us for a rock solid pre-conference at TechED! At Microsoft Teched ( www.msteched.com ), I will copresent with @SQLRockstar Thomas LaRock and @scarydba Grant Fritchey. Our pre-conference will focus around how you as a SQL Server DBA can embrace new technologies that will make your job not...
  • 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 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: Proud and loud to announce...

    With a certain level of proud, I am happy to announce that I am following up to my commitment as a Microsoft Certfied Master on SQL Server 2008. While I promised the current program manager Joe Sack , that i would start, follow up and continue to blog more, well here I am...kicking of right now. Some...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: What goes into my bag when presenting at an event or roadshow

    When presenting at an event such as TechED, or any roadshow events you see your favorite presenters appear at, a lot of the skills, quality of the presentation comes down to: - presentation skills - content (which truly comes down to right content level, title, abstract, level of functioning demos...
  • Blog Post: custom skins for Surface and Surface Pro

    As I wanted to give a more personal touch to our Surface and my Surface Pro, I decided to look for custom skins. There actually is a great offer that runs through the Microsoft Stores. The store offers a customized skin for Surface RT, with direct print options and they even apply it for you. To...
  • 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...