the Grinch that stole our Christmas – gone viral – data insights

The joy of online shopping versus trying to find a parking spot at the mall Just like many other people, for this year's Christmas, we decided to order some items online to avoid busy shopping lines at stores and get some really good deals.We decided not to procrastinate and actually get our packages delivered on…

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This presentation is all about me – presentation skills part 1: Food for thought…

As content owner for some of the public facing events at Microsoft, I have the great honor to work with very respectful people in our industry, and big names that drive a significant amount of attendance to their sessions at events.I also have the great honor to review session content, and presentations prior to events,…

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How Data Quality can make you feel less of a "donky"

    I first wanted to highlight, specifically in this post, that I am a Microsoft Employee, not a spokesman for the company, and that this opinion is pure personal and might be different from the vision my employer has.Now we have that out of the way — I kind of feel like a “donky”…

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The importance of understanding DAX

  The importance of understanding DAX…. The DAX language is the foundation of self-service Business Intelligence using the Microsoft stack. It is the language used to query and program both Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2013 and the new SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular model. Learning the basics of DAX is very simple, but mastering it…

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Automating the installation of my BI Demo platform with Data Explorer, Geoflow, Visual Studio 2012, BI Projects and Database Projects, SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU3

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 give you insights on how I was able to install 5 Surface Pros…

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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 only much cooler, but allow you to leverage…

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I lost over 15 pounds (7 kilo) and so can you – thanks to #Azure and #Surface

Priority Lanes, Heavy weights and lifting, and no storage space You’ve probably been there, getting on a flight, and if you’re a frequent flyer like many of us in the IT industry you probably want to get on the flight early to claim the often limited storage space available for all your stuff.The laptop bag,…

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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 give you insights on how I was able to install 5 Surface Pros…

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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 to install an MSI file unattended MSIEXEC /a “product.msi” /qn Example: MSIEXEC /a “d:\downloads\DataExplorer_1.0.3207.2 (64-bit)” /qn Typically…

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