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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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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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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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. The nice thing about our labs is…

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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 (MOC) I was able to make a…

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TechED North America - DBI Track - the audience has spoken

    As Track Program Manager for the Database and Business Intelligence Track at TechED North America, I wanted to express my sincere THANK YOU to all attendees, speakers, staffers, and everyone involved in the logistics of TechED North America. We had a very strong attendance at each of the sessions which is truly appreciated.!…

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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,…

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TechED North America / TechED Europe pre-conferences for Database and Business Intelligence

  As content lead on the Database and Business Intelligence Track I am happy to announce that we will have 2 pre-cons at Tech ED North America an Tech ED Europe. That’s right – based on popular demand we are hosting these pre-conferences at both Tech ED North America and TechED Europe. And the great…

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