Setting My Course for Adventure and You Can Too

I’m setting my course for a new adventure, my mind on a new … undertaking. My apologies if you thought this would be an announcement about SQL Cruise. It’s not, but I am starting a new adventure, and one of the really cool things about it is that a lot of other people will be starting their own new adventure too. I’m a long time believer in giving back to the SQL community, and what better way to do that
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Undocumented Gotchas of Transactional Replication

Undocumented Gotchas of Transactional Replication This discussion started on Twitter via the #sqlhelp hash tag. The question that was asked is, “What are the undocumented gotchas of Transactional Replication? #SQLHelp”. I responded with several things that came to mind. I thought these would be good to capture in a blog post and hopefully others would contribute some more gotchas to the list. If you can think of any other gotchas about any type of replication, not just transactional, please add
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How Do I Spell #SQLFamily? #SQLNomz Of Course

How Do I Spell #SQLFamily? #SQLNomz Of Course It’s time for Meme Monday again, and this month’s theme is #SQLFamily. One of the overwhelming themes of this year’s SQL PASS Summit was community. And that’s what most people mean when they talk about SQL family. When you talk about family, scope is important. There are multiple levels of any family, SQL or otherwise. Immediate family … extended family … distant family … your third cousin on your mother’s side twice
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Meme Monday: Dumb Questions

Meme Monday: Dumb Questions Today is Meme Monday, and I’ve decided to join in on this particular topic. Thomas LaRock (blog|@SQLRockStar) has given us the topic of “Dumb Questions” for today. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do. ~ Mr. Miyagi Okay, some of you may say this is a cop-out, but it’s how I truly feel. Like the students in Mr. Miyagi’s statement above, there are no bad questions, only bad answers and
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SQLU VLDB Week – Intro to VLDBs

SQLU VLDB Week – Intro to VLDBs Welcome to another exciting week SQL University postings. The week of April 11, we will be talking about working with VLDBs, or Very Large DataBases. If you ask a hundred people to define what constitutes a very large database and what it is like working with one, you would probably get at least fifty different answers. One sentiment that I’ve heard time and time again is that working with very large databases is
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2010 – A Year in the Life of an MCM

2010 – A Year in the Life of an MCM 2010 was a big year for me professionally. Okay, so I wasn’t an MCM the whole year, but it was a part of my entire year. It was a big part of life for most of the preceeding year. The MCM was definitely the biggest event in my life this past year. I also worked to take a much bigger part in the SQL community. I didn’t have many goals
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T-SQL Tuesday #012 – the DBA as a Modern-day Specialist

T-SQL Tuesday #012 – the DBA as a Modern-day Specialist This blog entry is participating in T-SQL Tuesday #012, hosted this month by Paul Randal (Blog|@PaulRandal). You are invited to visit his blog to join the blog party. You are welcome to write your own participating blog post for the party or just to read more blogs participating in this month’s theme: Why are DBA Skills Necessary? For my part in this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, I am going to delve
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My Bucket List

My Bucket List Many of my colleagues have been posting their bucket lists today. From what I can tell, this was started by Bob Pusateri (Blog | @SQLBob) posting his Bucket List and asking others what is in their bucket list as well. So far this morning, I’ve also read the bucket lists of Aaron Bertrand (Blog | @AaronBertrand | Bucket List) and Brent Ozar (Blog | @BrentO | Bucket List). I’ve always been a big fan of Morgan Freeman
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T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time: My Work Away From Work

T-SQL Tuesday #009: Beach Time: My Work Away From Work This blog entry is participating in T-SQL Tuesday #009, hosted this month by Jason “@sqlrnnr” Brimhall (Blog|Twitter). You are invited to visit his blog to join the blog party. You are welcome to write your own participating blog post for the party or just to read more blogs participating in this month’s theme: Beach Time. This month’s theme is all about getting time away from the daily grind. How do
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Moving to a New Blog Platform

First, I want to say that having my blog on SQL Server Central has been a great experience. When I first started blogging a few years ago, the SSC platform helped drive a lot of people to my blog. I think it is a great platform for new bloggers. If you write good material, being on the SSC platform will definitely help you get discovered by your peers. To use terminology of the younger generations, I’ve still gotta lotta love for SSC. If you’re here from Radar Online or TMZ hoping to capture a Mel Gibson or Christian Bale type rant, you’re out of luck. This is not going to be one of those posts where I run down SSC and claim to be leaving because I’m fed up. The fact is simply that I want to have more control over the look and feel and the functionality of my blog. It’s really that simple … I’m a control freak. Errr, I mean I want more control. :) I’m also planning to try to have my blog syndicated to SSC from the new site. The new site has just about all of the design work done, and I’m mainly waiting for an export of my current blog’s data (posts and comments). I have manually copied over some of the posts, mostly so I could verify the various elements of the new blog. Hopefully, I will be able to get all of the data into the new blog via import. If you have the site linked or saved somewhere, you can update the link now as it currently redirects to my current blog. Once the new blog goes live, the base URL will redirect to the new blog home page. The blog home page is in a subdirectory and can be reached by using the URL of the subdirectory. New blog link: http://www.sqlsoldier.com New blog preview: http://www.sqlsoldier.com/wp Hope to see you there!
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