SQL Rally 2012 Recap and Session Files

SQL Rally 2012 Recap and Session Files SQL Rally 2012 was hosted by the North Texas SQL Server User Group. More tha anything, it was nice to be back in the area where I grew up. I was born in Houston, but I grew up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. It really brought back a lot of great memories for me like canoeing on Lake Grapevine or swimming at Lake Lewisville. I remembered fondly when the NFL banned spiking the
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Why We Follow Best Practices

Why We Follow Best Practices There are many reasons why we follow best practices. My own reasons have changed over the course of my career. Early in my career as a database developer and then later as a new DBA, I followed best practices because people who claimed to know more about SQL Server said to, and I assumed that their advice would be better than my own. This of course led to me adopting the best ractice of not
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[Shameless Plug] Can We Have Your Vote?

[Shameless Plug] Can We Have Your Vote? Argenis Fernandez (|@DBArgenis) and yours truly have submitted a Pre-Conference for SQL Rally 2012 in Dallas, TX called “Demystifying Database Administration Best Practices”. We think it’s going to be an epic session with just loads and loads of tips and best practices on multiple aspects of Database Administration, from Windows/AD setup to Daily Operations to Code Reviews. While our session wasn’t chosen by the committee in the first round, it made it to the
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SQLRally is Coming: My Submissions

SQLRally is Coming: My Submissions Session abstract submissions are due at midnight tonight for the new SQL PASS spring event SQLRally 2011. This mini-Summit should prove to be a popular event, especially with those on the East coast who haven’t been able to make the trip West for the annual Summit. The SQLRally will be located in different locations each Spring. Speaker candidates are limited to two abstract submissions and the final presentations will be decided by a vote of
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