Moving to a New Blog Platform

First, I want to say that having my blog on SQL Server Central has been a great experience. When I first started blogging a few years ago, the SSC platform helped drive a lot of people to my blog. I think it is a great platform for new bloggers. If you write good material, being on the SSC platform will definitely help you get discovered by your peers. To use terminology of the younger generations, I’ve still gotta lotta love for SSC. If you’re here from Radar Online or TMZ hoping to capture a Mel Gibson or Christian Bale type rant, you’re out of luck. This is not going to be one of those posts where I run down SSC and claim to be leaving because I’m fed up. The fact is simply that I want to have more control over the look and feel and the functionality of my blog. It’s really that simple … I’m a control freak. Errr, I mean I want more control. 🙂 I’m also planning to try to have my blog syndicated to SSC from the new site. The new site has just about all of the design work done, and I’m mainly waiting for an export of my current blog’s data (posts and comments). I have manually copied over some of the posts, mostly so I could verify the various elements of the new blog. Hopefully, I will be able to get all of the data into the new blog via import. If you have the site linked or saved somewhere, you can update the link now as it currently redirects to my current blog. Once the new blog goes live, the base URL will redirect to the new blog home page. The blog home page is in a subdirectory and can be reached by using the URL of the subdirectory. New blog link: http://www.sqlsoldier.com New blog preview: http://www.sqlsoldier.com/wp Hope to see you there!
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Presenting to the West Michigan SQL Server User Group / SQL PASS Chapter (Rescheduled)

Presenting to the West Michigan SQL Server User Group / SQL PASS Chapter (Rescheduled) My presentation scheduled for earlier this week to the West Michigan SQL Server User Group / SQL PASS Chapter was rescheduled due to technical difficulties on my end. the microphone on my laptop simply refused to work. Turned out to be a simple issue fixed by reinstalling the audio drivers. The presentation has been rescheduled for the last Tuesday in September, 9/28/2010. An update will be
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 3

Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 3 Welcome back eager learners to Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. I’m your guest professor for this course and today I will be presenting Lesson 3, Advanced SQL Server certifications. The advanced certifications consists of the Microsoft Certified Master program and the Microsoft Certified Architect program. We will take a look at what these certifications mean, how to prepare for them, and how to succeed in the programs. Hopefully you read the previous
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T-SQL Tuesday #008: Gettin’ Schooled

T-SQL Tuesday #008: Gettin’ Schooled “Thank you fans and friends & odds and ends. And now for you gals and guys, a few words to the wise. You Jims and Sals are my best pals. And to look your best for the big contest, just be yourselves and have a ball. That’s what it’s all about after all. So forget about the camera and think about the beat. We’ll give the folks at home a real big treat. Don’t worry
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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities Recently I presented two sessions at SQL Saturday #43 in Redmond, WA. The night prior to the event, many of the presenters had dinner together at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Redmond. One of the other presenters asked me why I was presenting. He wanted to know what I was promoting. In truth, I wasn’t promoting anything. My reply was, “Well, I guess I just enjoy doing it.” I wasn’t promoting a book (though I had one come
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The Trade Deadline Must be Drawing Near

The Trade Deadline Must be Drawing Near Okay, so there is no trade deadline in SQL Server like there is in professional sports, but there have been a lot of big moves lately that reminds me of the fury of trades you see right before the deadline in sports. And not just DBA’s moving from one company to another. These are big names making big moves. The movers are moving and the shakers are shaking!! The first big move I
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T-SQL Tuesday # 07: Walkthrough for Sysprep in SQL Server 2008 R2

T-SQL Tuesday # 07: Walkthrough for Sysprep in SQL Server 2008 R2 This blog entry is participating in T-SQL Tuesday #007, hosted this month by Jorge “@SQLChicken” Segarra (Blog|Twitter). You are invited to visit his blog to join the party and read more blogs participating in this month’s theme: Summertime in the SQL. This month’s theme is all about the new hotness (i.e., the hot new features of SQL Server 2008 R2). For my part in this month’s TSQL2sday, I’m
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5 Random Thoughts on the SQL Server MCM Program

5 Random Thoughts on the SQL Server MCM Program I’ve had some random thoughts running through my head since I finished the MCM that I wanted to share, but I couldn’t quite think up enough on any one of them to dedicate a topic to them. So here is a collection of some random thoughts on the MCM. Random Thought #1: One reason I did well One reason I did well in the MCM was due to prior training. I’m
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Top 6 Myths of Transaction Logs

Top 6 Myths of Transaction Logs I think there is a lot of misunderstanding concerning database transaction logs in SQL Server. I had intended to write this as the top 5 myths, but I wasn’t able to narrow the list down that far. Myth #6: I added additional log files to my database for better performance. The truth: SQL Server will only use a single log file at a time. You will not see any performance gain no matter how
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