Thank you Microsoft, reflecting on over 8 years on Microsoft Campus!

The road to Redmond… When I was 16, like many other kids I studying and getting A+ grades wasn't really my first priority, but 'things' rather came naturally for me, and with very little effort studying I got some descent grades.German and math however, was something that I didn't like to study, and unfortunately my…

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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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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,…


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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About my Lenovo W520, presenting, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 drivers and more …

The issue of getting the right drivers for your OS As an OEM System Builder in my early computer days, I spent quite a significant time finding the right drivers for a specific motherboard or a graphics adapter.Everytime we have new hardware, the same problem arises, and I’ve seen many people showing up to a…

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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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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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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 SQL…


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 be a bit hard for some of us, or even…

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SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP 3 – Product Guide

Our team is pleased to announce  the release of the SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide v1.  It is available for download at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=225814.  The SQL Server Code Name “Denali”CTP3 Product Guide includes useful resources and demos that will help customersin their evaluation of CTP3.  14 Product Datasheets         8 PowerPoint Presentations5…