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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I am probably the worst content submitter for an event…

I am probably the worst content submitter for an event… Some blog readers will likely disagree with this, but if your purpose of writing a session title and abstract for a conference is “To get the conference attendees to participate and come to my session”, you are DEAD WRONG! Very little time is spent in…

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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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custom skins for Surface and Surface Pro

As I wanted to give a more personal touch to our Surface and my Surface Pro, I decided to look for custom skins. There actually is a great offer that runs through the Microsoft Stores. The store offers a customized skin for Surface RT, with direct print options and they even apply it for you.To…

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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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What goes into my bag when presenting at an event or roadshow

When presenting at an event such as TechED, or any roadshow events you see your favorite presenters appear at, a lot of the skills, quality of the presentation comes down to: – presentation skills – content (which truly comes down to right content level, title, abstract, level of functioning demos and overall content balance) -…

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SQL Server Special Ops Tour

  CALLING ALL SQL Server PROFESSIONALS:  SQL Server 2012 is the most important release ever of SQL Server with its’ mission critical, breakthroughinsight and cloud on your terms features. Do your part to bring the SQL Server2012 roadshows  to your city and get on stage with Microsoft! This March, Microsoft is teaming with PASS to…

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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…

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