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  • AdventureWorks 2014 Sample Databases Are Now Available

      Where in the World is AdventureWorks? Recently, SQL Community feedback from twitter prompted me to look in vain for SQL Server 2014 versions of the AdventureWorks sample databases we’ve all grown to know & love. I searched Codeplex, then used the bing & even the google in an effort to locate them, yet all I could find were ...
    Posted to Jimmy May (Weblog) by aspiringgeek on August 20, 2014
  • Small-Footprint Laptop Lab

    Champagne Dev VMs on a Beer Budget Others have posted on this very topic, but I rebuild my home/dev VM lab this past weekend, and it went so well I thought I’d share the steps I went through, in case it helps someone else to get started. I got my start doing this a while back with a very helpful post by Jonathan Kehayias on Virtualbox, but I have ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on September 17, 2013
  • SQLintersection!

    The best emotion to describe how I'm feeling is 'astounded'.  I'm astounded that I'm in such august company to be speaking the SQLIntersection (#iSQL) conference.  Read the blog post from my first SQL Server mentor, Kimberly Tripp, which tells you all about SQLintersection.Check out this list of speakers:Aaron Bertrand, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 27, 2013
  • SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 Released!

    SSDTBI for Visual Studio 2012 enables customers to use the Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services project templates within the Visual Studio 2012 shell.  The components are delivered as a web download on the Microsoft Download center and will be available through Web Platform Installer.   This release is the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 8, 2013
  • Express Edition revisited, focus on SSMS

     (Note: I have re-written parts of this post in the light of the comments that SP1 of 2012 include Complete tools.)  I have decided to revisit the topic of whats included in Express Edition, with focus on the tools. I have a couple of reasons for this: In my 2011 post, I never tried to connect from Express SSMS to a non-Express ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on January 30, 2013
  • Update to Rules-Driven Maintenance

    Back in August I posted a first version of a rules-driven solution for backups, index and statistics maintenance and integrity checks. The system in general has been working well, and has saved my team a huge amount of time and effort. We are coming to the anniversary of its use in production soon. Today I offer an update that contains a few ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on January 16, 2013
  • Backup and the evil RETAINDAYS option

    ''So what bad has this option done?'', you probably as yourself. Well, not much, but I find it evil because it confuses people, especially those new to SQL Server. I have many times seen people specifying something like 3, and expect SQL Server to keep the three most recent backups in the backup file and overwrite everything which is older than ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 8, 2012
  • Analyzing the errorlog

    How often do you do this? Look over each message (type) in the errorlog file and determine whether this is something you want to act on. Sure, some (but not all) of you have some monitoring solution in place, but are you 100% confident that it really will notify for all messages that you might find interesting? That there isn't even one little ...
    Posted to Tibor Karaszi (Weblog) by TiborKaraszi on July 5, 2012
  • SQLMag = SQL Server Pro. Goes all-digital!

    I was recently chatting with Megan Keller, my long-time editor for the Tool Time column and Executive Editor at SQL Server Pro,DevProConnections, and SharePoint Pro.I've subscribed to SQLMag ever since it was first put to print back in the late 1990's.  (That's a pic of me, on the right, in the shirt given my by ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 27, 2012
  • New White Paper: SQL Server Extended Events and Notifications

    SQL Server comes with a wide array of tools for monitoring your environment. There are logs and traces that provide information when errors occur, but these are often used passively to react to events that have already occurred.  There's PerfMon, and Profiler, and loads of Dynamic Management Views to check.  But where to look? As ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 25, 2012
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